On Monday, June 29th 2015 at 2130hrs P.O. Martin Clancy #390 was conducting a check of the State Line Lookout (located in the Alpine NJ Section) when he came upon a parked car. The lookout was closed and P.O. Clancy began looking for the occupant(s). During his search, he located a white female beyond the barrier along the cliff edge adjacent to the parking lot. As Officer Clancy approached he tried to verbalize with the woman. Without warning, the woman jumped from the ledge to the cliff bottom, approximately 200 feet.
Closter Rescue and East Bergen Rappel Team were notified and responded. The victim was located deceased a short time later. At this time, the incident does not involve suspicious circumstances as her jumping from the cliff was witnessed. Detectives are working on several leads to determine the identity of the victim. At this time no further information is available.
The female victim recovered in this case has been positively identified as Ms. Laura Smith, age 55 of Bayville NJ. Special thanks to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department Bureau of Criminal Identification for assisting with a fingerprint comparison which lead to the identification.