A Bad Year Keeps Getting Worse

11 03 2010


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University announcement on body found in Fall Creek Gorge

Fellow Cornellians,

I am sorry to have to inform you that another tragedy has occurred on our campus.  A body has been recovered from the Fall Creek gorge near the Thurston Avenue bridge.  The Ithaca police department is investigating the matter.  As soon as we have additional information we will share it with the community.

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Tommy Bruce
Vice President for University Communications

This information posted: 2010-03-11 13:22:39 -0500


David J. Skorton

show details 8:42 PM

Dear fellow Cornellians,

This morning we learned with deep sadness that we have lost a member of our community whose body was found in the Fall Creek gorge. I am saddened, as I know you are, that another life with unfulfilled promise has been lost.

On behalf of the entire Cornell community, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the family of our student, William Sinclair, a sophomore in the College of Engineering, and to his many friends who will always carry the memory of happier times in their hearts.  Please join me in keeping them foremost in your thoughts in the days ahead as we mourn this tragic loss of life. For understandable reasons, and out of deference to the family, you will understand that we will not be able to comment on the circumstances of this tragedy until the investigation has been completed by the Ithaca Police Department.

I do want to acknowledge the toll we all may be experiencing from repeated losses already this year.  I sincerely hope that you will join me in reaching out to your classmates, roommates, colleagues and friends to cherish the memories you have of those who have departed us, and to renew your commitment to each other. It is important to take the time, regularly, to reflect on the many things for which we should be grateful and on how best to overcome, together, the daily challenges we must face.



The Cornell Sun continues to provide updates about the body recovered from the bottom of the Fall Creek gorge here. It would seem this body was retrieved not too far from where Bradley Ginsburg ’13’s body was found last month.



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