Police investigation closes Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford

Christine Dempsey, Hartford Courant
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Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford is closed because of a police investigation, the state’s environmental agency said Thursday morning.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection announced the closure shortly after 10 a.m. Thursday.

The agency didn’t say why there is a law enforcement investigation at the park, short of saying that there is a “public safety incident” there. It is a new incident that is not connected to a deadly fall at the park last weekend, spokesman Will Healey said.

On Sunday, a 39-year-old Danbury man fell at the park and died, the agency said earlier this week. In that incident, people the man had been hiking with reported him missing. They told police they had last seen him as he was hiking down from a park overlook, a DEEP spokesman said at the time.

The man’s body was found in Lake Lillinonah.

Accidents at the popular park are not uncommon. In 2010, a Bridgewater man died in a fall from a cliff there. Two years earlier, another man died in a similar fall.

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Christine Dempsey may be reached at cdempsey@courant.com.