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Man who fell to death at Cattaraugus Creek is identified

The man who died after falling from a cliff at Cattaraugus Creek early Tuesday morning has been identified as Ronald W. Felle Jr., 59, of Gowanda.

Felle died of blunt-force trauma after falling nearly 200 feet from the cliff’s edge near Eaton Road in the hamlet of Versailles, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office.

Felle and his friend were setting up camp by Felle’s property near Perrysburg, Capt. Shawn Gregory said.

He set up a camper about 15 feet away from the cliff. The friend last saw him at about 2 a.m.

At about 7:15 a.m., the friend noticed Felle missing from his bed, but his car was nearby. He searched for half an hour and discovered the body at the bottom of the cliff.

The Gowanda Fire Department recovered the body using a rescue raft.