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Hiker’s death ruled natural; man was CEO of western NY plant

August 23, 2016

NORTH ELBA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a 43-year-old man who died last week after collapsing while hiking a remote Adirondack trail suffered a medical condition.

The Press-Republican of Plattsburgh reports that Essex County officials say a doctor who conducted an autopsy on Michael Sawyer’s body at Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake has ruled the manner of death as natural.

State police say they were called late Thursday morning to a trail that ascends Cascade Mountain in North Elba, near Lake Placid. Emergency crews tried to resuscitate the 43-year-old Sawyer, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sawyer, who lived in Geneseo, was the CEO of Western New York Energy Co. LLC, a $90 million ethanol plant in Orleans County in western New York. He took over leadership of the company after his father died in 2013.

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