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Missing Person Found Dead

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 2/9/24 | 2/9/24

By Alexis Pencar

COOPERSTOWN —  Matthew V. Sisson was found dead on the morning of Friday, February 2nd during a large multi-agency search effort near the Cooperstown Hospital, where he went missing a week prior.

With nearly 100 officers on the search, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Richard Kimmerer, who was with other deputies, located a deceased male in the Susquehanna River at 11:15 AM on 2/2. The man was later identified as Sisson.

Matt Sisson, 45 years old of Otego, left Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown on Friday, January 26th at about 7:00 AM, he was being treated for a perforated appendix. There was a large search effort organized through Facebook by family and friends.

According to a statement from the Cooperstown Police Department, “The state Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is currently investigating the death”. They continued to say, “We offer our condolences to the family. At this time, the family is requesting privacy so they can process this tragedy and grieve in their own way. We would like to thank the community for all their efforts and support.”

The Cooperstown Police Department thanked the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the DEC Forest Rangers, New York State Police, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, Otsego County District Attorney, New York State Fire, Otsego County Emergency Services, Otsego County EMS, Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department, Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Department, West Edmeston Fire Department and members of the public who assisted in the search efforts.


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