PLATTSBURGH — State Police divers recovered the body of Michael Trombly at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday, according to a press release.

The divers found the body of the Mooers man roughly 200 yards north of the Dock Street boat launch, the release from Plattsburgh City Police said, adding that Trombly, 41, had jumped into the river near the Kennedy Bridge on Broad Street Tuesday while running away from a parole officer.


The search for Trombly began after emergency responders lost sight of him in the water near the Green Street Pedestrian Bridge at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Plattsburgh City Police and Fire, the Cumberland Head Cold Water Rescue Team and a helicopter from the US Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine responded that day, the release said, but had to suspend the search at sundown.

The search was resumed Wednesday morning with the added help of the New York State Police Underwater Recovery Team and the Adirondack Technical Rescue Task Force, comprised of members of several area fire departments.


Trombly’s body was eventually found by the State Police divers around 6 p.m. after they returned to double check an area they had taken sonar readings of earlier in the day, Ritter said.

“The State Police were very instrumental in getting the resources of that underwater rescue team to us,” Ritter said. “The working relationships we have with the people in Troop B are a testament to how (law enforcement) relationships can work.”

Trombly had received conditional release to parole in November of 2019, according to the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision’s online inmate lookup.


He had been held at Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone after being convicted of second-degree attempted assault and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies.

Ritter said that he could not thank the various rescue crews and emergency responders involved in the search enough.

“Without their assistance, we wouldn’t have been able to find him,” Ritter said. “I was impressed with how thorough the teams were with their searches. There was a very, very methodical way they searched.”

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