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Man found dead in park was avid hiker

Castile, N.Y. -- 13WHAM has learned the identity of the man who was found dead in Letchworth State Park Wednesday afternoon.

Stephen Bzibziak, 21, of North Tonawanda fell into the Genesee River Gorge in the park.

Bzibziak, an avid hiker, had called 911 and was on the phone with Livingston County dispatchers before he became disconnected.

Dispatchers were able to ping his cell phone and pinpoint his location in the park.

Crews were not able to pull him out of the gorge until Thursday morning, after calling off rescue effort Wednesday due to darkness and poor weather conditions.

Police believe Bzibziak died from his injuries, though the official cause of death has not yet been determined.

13WHAM's Jennifer Lee will have more on this developing story tonight on 13WHAM News at five and six.

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