Man who drowned in Genesee River was a LeRoy native

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Officials have identified a body pulled from the Genesee River in Rochester earlier this week as that of a 28-year-old father of three who fell in while hiking with friends.

Rochester police tell local media that the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office says Jacob Baxter, who the Batavia Daily News reports is originally from LeRoy, drowned. His death was ruled to be an accident.

Authorities say Baxter was walking with friends Monday afternoon when he fell into the river while trying to get near the top of the Lower Falls. His body was spotted downriver by fisherman two days later near Turning Point Park.

Relatives tell local media that Baxter worked as a youth minister in the city and was the father of three children, including a seven-week old son. 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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