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PUBLISHED: August 3, 2011 at 7:07 p.m. | UPDATED: July 22, 2021 at 4:07 a.m.

Police ID Walkway jumper as New Paltz man

HIGHLAND — The man who jumped to his death from the Walkway Over the Hudson last week has been identified by state park police as Craig R. Wishnick, 27, of New Paltz. Police, in an email to the media on Wednesday, also said their investigation confirmed the death was a suicide. Wishnick jumped off the pedestrian span about 9:50 p.m. July 27, after the Walkway was closed for the night. His body was recovered from the Hudson River, about 200 feet south of the span, the afternoon of July 29. Police said at the time that they were fairly certain of the jumper’s identity — because of possessions he left on the bridge and a suicide note found in his home — but they wanted to wait for forensic tests to be completed before they released his name. The Walkway, a former railroad bridge connecting Highland and Poughkeepsie, opened to the public as a pedestrian park in October 2009 and was taken over soon after by the state parks system. The pedestrian surface is about 210 feet above the Hudson River. Wishnick’s suicide was the first from the span since it became the Walkway Over the Hudson.