Park-goers react to man who jumped 63 feet off a cliff to his death

A popular park in Logansport is now the site of a suspected drowning.

Posted: May 15, 2019 11:30 PM
Updated: May 16, 2019 12:16 AM

CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A popular park in Logansport is now the site of a suspected drowning and park-goers are reacting.

The Department of Natural Resources said a man in his twenties to thirties is dead after jumping 63 feet off a cliff into water at France Park.

It happened around 1:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Park goers said they spend most of their spring and summer days at the swimming hole.

The 400 acres of France Park is supposed to be an oasis, a getaway for community members.

But Wednesday, it became the center of a death investigation after a man jumped off a cliff into the cold water below.

"Usually people will be hiking up there in the back or some will be swimming here," said Rochester native Paul Mashiana.

There are multiple signs located throughout France Park that say the same thing. They say absolutely no jumping or diving from the cliffs.

"Despite what's not allowed and allowed people are still going to do what they want, just simply people being people," said Mashiana

The cliffs have been a popular jumping site over the years. To fight that, at one point they were off limits entirely.

But that doesn't stop everyone.

"You could elect to close it off but I am sure there is going to be rebels that go up there and still jump off." said park-goer Gage McClellan.

"I myself no, but I have heard if they're ballsy enough yeah," said Mashiana. "It all depends on how much fear you have."

This time fear was not enough to save a life. DNR said a pair of kayakers was nearby right when the man jumped.

They paddled to rescue him, but he died before they could pull him out of the water.

Most visitors tell us, they didn't need a tragedy like this to keep remind them to stay off the cliffs.

"No, no I am scared of heights," said Mashiana.

"I don't even look over, like I don't even look over the edge of it," said McClellan.

"It starts 30 to 40 [feet] then continues 50 then gets up to 100," said Mashiana. "It gets pretty bad.

The Department of natural resources says the victim will be identified once family is notified.

DNR's Lt. Dan Dulin says the family lives in India.

An official cause of death will be determined by the Cass County's Coroner's Office.

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