Report: Illinois state park fall kills Holland man

Ottawa County

DEER PARK TOWNSHIP, Ill. (WOOD) — A West Michigan man fell to his death while attending a wedding at an Illinois state park, according to local media reports.

The Holland Sentinel identified the man Monday as 31-year-old Alexander J. Torres of Holland.

The La Salle News-Tribune says the Michigan man was attending a wedding with his wife Saturday night at Starved Rock State Park when he fell from a bluff, plunging more than 30 feet.

Torres fell onto some logs and brush about halfway down the bluff.

The La Salle News-Tribune reports Torres crossed over a railing behind Starved Rock Lodge before he fell.

Authorities were called to the park around 12:30 a.m. Sunday. Firefighters used ropes to pull up Torres, who was unresponsive. He was declared dead at Illinois Valley Community Hospital at 2:45 a.m., the Holland Sentinel reports.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the Illinois Conservation Police Department and the LaSalle County Coroner’s Office are investigating Torres’ death. The La Salle News-Tribune says conservation officers believe alcohol was a factor in the deadly fall, but the results of a toxicology test are pending.

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