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Posted on: October 7, 2022

Deputies respond to report of individual in Battenkill River


Date of Incident:  Thursday, October 06, 2022

Time of Incident:  5:55 PM


Incident Location: Batten Kill River


Township: Jackson

Case #   2022-013934

INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED:  James J. Berry    Age: 73  Address: Delmar, New York

INCIDENT SUMMARY: According to Sheriff Jeffrey J. Murphy, on Thursday evening, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the intersection of State Route 313 and Hickory Hill Road for a report of an individual in the Battenkill River.


The individual was later identified as James J. Berry and was pronounced deceased on scene. Sheriff’s Investigators are looking into the circumstances surrounding the incident and whether Berry had suffered some type of medical episode while fishing. At this time, the incident does not appear to be suspicious.    


Officer (s) Handling: Senior Investigator Spiezio, Investigator J. Noble, Sergeant K. Kolar, and Deputy L. Gillis



ASSISTING AGENCIES: Shushan Fire Department, Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad, NY State Police


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