Overman: Victim in Monument fall identitifed
Scotts Bluff County Sheriff Mark Overman says the body discovered at the Scotts Bluff National Monument Sunday afternoon has been identified as 22 year old Cody Bindschadler of rural Scottsbluff.
Overman says the victim fell from a dangerous non-public area atop the walking tunnel on the Saddle Rock Trail. Overman says a hiker reported seeing a man's body on the slope of the south side of Saddle Rock, near the south entrance to the Saddle Rock tunnel. Overman says evidence indicates Bindschadler fell approximately 75 to 100 feet before impacting the ground.
Overman said Bindschadler had been missing for about two weeks, but his family members had declined to file a missing person's report. Gering Police first became aware of Bindschadler's vehicle parked at the west end of U Street on November 17th. Prior to the report at the Monument a Gering Police officer spoke with some of the victim's family, where they admitted they had not seen him for a long time but had not asked for Police assistance.
Overman said the pathologist at an autopsy Monday morning determined the death was caused from blunt force trauma consistent with a fall. The manner of death has not been determined but no foul play is suspected.
Mabery says it has been approximately 15 years since there was a death at the Monument, and the mood is somber at the facility today. Mabery says rangers have discussed if there was anything they could have done to avoid the death, and have determined from what they know now there wasn't.
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