On Friday, June 26th 2015 at 1342hrs the Palisades Interstate Parkway Police Department received a call of an injured hiker on Henry Hudson Drive south of the Edgewater entrance. Officer Michael Byrnes #387 arrived on the scene and reported that a male victim was unconscious and unresponsive. Chief Coppola arrived shortly thereafter as well as a Port Authority Police Officer. CPR was started and the victim was transferred to the care of Fort Lee EMS who transported him to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.
During the investigation, it was determined that the victim owned a vehicle parked in Historic Park. The resident town was contacted and was in the process of taking a Missing Person’s report on the same person. The investigation pointed to the fact that the victim, now identified as Mr. Edward Griffin, 45 years of age from Toms River NJ had intented to harm himself after leaving his home earlier in the day. Shortly after arriving at the hospital he was pronounced deceased.
At this time the investigation shows that Mr. Griffin had jumped or fallen from the Fort Lee Historic Park (located in the Palisades Interstate Park) and landed on Henry Hudson Drive. The investigation has proved that no suspicious circumstances were involved.