NEWCOMB — Around noon Monday, searchers made a sad discovery — the body of a New Jersey hiker who had been missing for 16 days.
The body of Alexander Stevens was located in the vicinity of Wallface Mountain near Wallface Pond, according to the State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Essex County Coroner Francis Whitelaw responded and removed Stevens to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake.
An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.
Stevens, 28, was last seen near Wallface on Sept. 2.
Authorities started looking for him on Sept. 10, when a family member reported the Hopewell man missing.
They found a campsite, tracks and other signs belonging to him on Wallface's summit on Sept. 12.
Two days later, they located a personal item near the summit.
And over the weekend, rangers worked out of a base camp at Scott Pond in North Elba to eliminate time transporting searchers to and from the search site and to allow for longer search operations.
DEC forest rangers, New York State Police, the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks, Stowe Mountain Rescue, the Adirondack Amateur Radio Association, Newcomb Volunteer Fire Department, the Town of Newcomb and Newcomb Central School carried out and supported the search efforts.
Several other volunteers, including some professional rock climbers, also assisted.
DEC, State Police and Homeland Services expressed gratitude Monday to everyone who contributed to the search.
State Police will continue to investigate Stevens's death and disappearance.
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