Name of hiker who died in Letchworth released

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State Parks Police pulled a hiker’s body from the Genesee River Gorge at Letchworth State Park on Thursday.

The search began for 21-year-old Stephen Bzibziak around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday after authorities received a phone call saying the North Tonawanda man was injured after falling into the gorge. Late Wednesday afternoon, the Parks Police rope rescue team located the victim’s body in the gorge. He was already deceased.

Because of winter weather conditions and nightfall, recovery operations were halted. Thursday morning, first responders were able to pull Bzibiak’s body from the gorge. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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