NEWFANE, NY - The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent accidental death in the Town of Newfane. Sheriff's dispatchers received a 911 call from a cell phone at 7:30pm reporting that a man had fallen from a tree. The Department has identified the victim as 52 year old, Newfane resident Donald E. Geist.
Initial investigation reveals a Newfane man had gone into the woods east of Coomer Road to set up his tree stand for hunting. When he did not return after several hours, two friends entered the woods to search for him. The friends located the severely injured man at the base of a tree and called 911. Dispatchers used GPS tracking from the cell phone to direct sheriff's deputies and firefighters from Miller Hose and Wrights Corners to the accident scene in the middle of the woods.
The subject was pronounced deceased at the scene. The death appears accidental but is being investigated by the Sheriff's Criminal Division at this time.
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