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A police helicopter searches for Seth Kilburn over Lake Placid Wednesday. Photo: Richard Rosentreter, Courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise.
A police helicopter searches for Seth Kilburn over Lake Placid Wednesday. Photo: Richard Rosentreter, Courtesy Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Police believe Lake Placid man's death accidental

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The body of a Lake Placid man who had been missing since early last week has been found on a neighborhood pathway between the bar where he was last seen and his home.

Lake Placid police Chief Bill Moore says 34-year-old Seth A. Kilburn's body was located at about 10 a.m. Friday near a residence on McKinley Street.

An autopsy was scheduled to take place Friday in Saranac Lake. Police believe the death was accidental.

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Chris Morris
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Seth Kilburn was last seen leaving Wiseguys bar, not far from where his body was found, between 12:30 and 1 a.m. last Sunday.

Speaking at a press conference Friday afternoon, Moore said Kilburn’s body was found near the edge of the woods outside of a house on McKinley Street.

“This morning we decided to re-evaluate our situation, and we decided to do a door-to-door search for Mr. Kilburn because there’s a lot of neighbors in that area in particular that are maybe older people and weren’t able to go out and search their yards thoroughly,” he said. “So we broke into nine teams this morning, with a police officer from all of the agencies represented here knocking on doors with volunteers with them, asking if it was OK if we searched your yard, and through those efforts we were able to locate Mr. Kilburn.”

Moore said an investigation into Kilburn’s death is ongoing, but at this point there are no signs of a struggle or foul play.

The property where he was found is less than a quarter of a mile away from Wiseguys and between 600 and 900 feet from Kilburn’s parents’ home on Mill Pond Drive, where he had been living.

Moore said Kilburn may have been on his way home when an accident occurred.

“It appears that that might have been the case,” he said. “There’s a path there that I’m sure Mr. Kilburn knew about from going to school here, working at the (Olympic) arena previously, and he may have gotten off the path in an unlighted area.”

The path starts near School Street and ends at McKinley Street. Moore said it has steep drop-offs.

“I think Mr. Kilburn got off his path slightly, and we believe the cause of death to be accidental,” he said. “Nothing else is ruled out at this time, but preliminary investigation has shown that.”

Joan Grady is a close friend of the Kilburns and has been acting as a spokesperson for the family. She said the family appreciates the efforts of law enforcement officials and volunteers.

A lot of resources went into the five-day search. Moore thanked firefighters, environmental conservation officers and community members for their help.

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