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News Brief - September 2004

GIS Guides College Senior from Troy to Adirondack Forest for Suicide

A senior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute used MapQuest.com information to find the tiny, isolated town of Wells in the heart of the Adirondack forest to find the place to commit suicide. After a telephone call to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office from the City of Troy police and a day-long foot search on September 23, the search team led by forest rangers found the body of David A. Wilson, III, about 700 ft. into the woods along the trail to Willis Lake off Route 8. Beside the RPI student's body was an AK47 rifle he had bought a few days before and 200 rounds of ammunition. The Troy police had searched the computer of the depressed 21-year-old student, who was taking medication for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. On the computer, they had found MapQuest.com information for Wells, according to the report in the Hamilton County News on September 28, which is the basis for this brief.

 

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