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Police: UP man jumped to death from Mackinac Island’s Arch Rock

The man, who was in his 40s, is an Upper Peninsula resident, but his name will not be released at the request of his parents.
FILE. Arch Rock on Mackinac Island as seen from the top, inset, and the bottom.
FILE. Arch Rock on Mackinac Island as seen from the top, inset, and the bottom.(WLUC)
Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 3:28 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 5:53 PM EDT
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MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: July 22: Mackinac Island Police Chief Doug Topolski has released more information about the man found dead at the base of Arch Rock Wednesday morning.

Topolski said the victim intentionally jumped from the top of Arch Rock, just north of mile marker 1 on M-185 on Mackinac Island.

“The victim left a note that indicated his plans to take his own life,” To[polski said in a release.

Mackinac Island Police officers and Michigan State Police troopers conducted the investigation and were assisted by the Mackinac County Medical Examiner’s office.

Mackinac Island Chief of Police Doug Topolski stated, “The men and women of the Mackinac Island Police Department offer our sincere condolences to the victim’s family as they face the difficult days ahead.”

The victim’s mother and father urged those who may be in crisis to seek counseling.

Individuals who may be considering harming themselves or those seeking information on how to intervene if they believe someone they know wishes to harm themselves can call the Upper Peninsula Suicide Prevention Coalition at 800-562-7622.

The victim’s name is being withheld at the request of his mother and father.

ORIGINAL STORY: July 21: A man’s body was found at the base of a popular tourist spot on Mackinac Island Wednesday morning.

According to Mackinac Island Police Chief Doug Topolski, the man’s body was found at the base of Arch Rock by a passerby at about 9:15 a.m. July 21. Arch Rock rises 146 feet above the Lake Huron shore.

The man, who was in his 40s, is an Upper Peninsula resident, but his name has not yet been released pending notification of his family.

“No foul play is suspected,” Topolski said, as some of the man’s personal property was found on top of the rock formation.

Topolski said there is also no danger to the general public, as the man’s belongings were found in an area beyond the fenced off viewing platform. He advised all visitors to follow all posted closures and signs, and to stay behind blocked off areas.

Michigan State Police, Mackinac Island Fire Department, Mackinac State Historic Parks officials and the Mackinac County Medical Examiner’s office all assisted the island police at the scene.

This story is developing and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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