Missing man found dead after multi-agency search

Feb. 2—Law enforcement found the body of Matthew V. Sisson in the Susquehanna River after a multi-agency search on Friday, Feb. 2, a week after he went missing.

Sisson, 45, of Otego, was reportedly released from Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, where he was being treated for a punctured appendix, on Jan. 26.

He was last seen walking down an embankment toward the Susquehanna River near the hospital.

A week of searching the area and following up on reported sightings produced no credible leads for Cooperstown police, the lead agency in the search.

On Friday, about 100 law enforcement officials from multiple agencies gathered in the morning at the Cooperstown Fire Department for a large-scale search for Sisson.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., Otsego County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Richard Kimmerer, who was with a team of deputies and a state ranger, located a deceased man in the Susquehanna River. The man was later identified as Sisson.

The state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is currently investigating the death, according to a statement released Friday by the Cooperstown Police Department.

“We extend our condolences to the family,” the statement said. “At this time, the family is requesting privacy so they can deal with 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, DEC Forest Rangers, New York State Police, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney of Otsego County, New York State Fire Department, Otsego County Emergency Services, Otsego County Emergency Medical Services, Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department. , the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Department, the Edmeston West Fire Department and members of the public who assisted in the search efforts.

Bassett Healthcare Network spokesperson Gabrielle Argo said in a statement Friday on Bassett’s behalf that “all of us at Bassett Healthcare Network are deeply saddened by the news…

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