Sam Shekman, of Woodbridge, mourned after hiking accident in West Rock Woods

Police say Sam Shekman accidentally fell off a

Police say Sam Shekman accidentally fell off a cliff Sunday night. (Credit: News 12 Connecticut)

WOODBRIDGE - Family and friends are mourning the loss of a Woodbridge man who died in a hiking accident Sunday night.

Sam Shekman, 20, left his family's home at around 5 p.m. Sunday to go hiking. When he did not return home that evening, his family called police to report him missing at around 11 p.m. Police found Shekman's body early Monday morning about a half-mile into West Rock Woods on Bradley Street. Police say crews had to access the area on ATVs because the area is so remote.

An autopsy on Shekman was completed today and the medical examiner says he died of blunt impact to the head and torso. Police say he accidentally fell off a cliff.

Shekman graduated from Amity Regional High School in 2012 and played on the school's rugby team. According to his Facebook page, he was a student at Eastern Connecticut State University.

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Donations for Man Killed in Hiking Accident

For donations in memory of the Woodbridge man killed in a hiking incident Monday:

Sam Shekman Rugby Fund

ECSU Foundation
83 Windham Sreet
Willimantic, CT 06226.

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