Man Dies By Suicide At Sourland Mountain Preserve, Police Say

The search for a missing man ended in tragedy on Friday, June 7, when police found he'd died by suicide in a popular New Jersey hiking area.

Rainbow Hill at Sourland Mountain Preserve

Rainbow Hill at Sourland Mountain Preserve

Photo Credit: New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the Sourland Mountain Preserve around 3:05 p.m. after Somerset County dispatch was notified by Princeton police that a man had gone missing, Hillsborough Police Sgt. Philip Wolff said.

The victim, who was potentially armed with a firearm and emotionally distraught, was seen entering the park in his vehicle around 2:45 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, Wolff said. That same vehicle was found empty in the parking lot on Friday.

Somerset County K-9s and detectives from Hillsborough police conducted a search, and found the man dead in the wooded preserve, Wolff said. The NJ State Medical Examiner responded and said the death was deemed not suspicious.

Responding agencies include Hillsborough Township Police Department, Hillsborough Township of Emergency Management, Robert Wood Johnson BLS/ALS, Somerset County Sheriff’s Department, Somerset County Park Rangers, Hillsborough Township Fire Department 

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