Hikers from Minnesota find body at base of Michigan cliff

Published 1:00 pm Saturday, September 19, 2015

MARQUETTE, Mich. — Two hikers from Minnesota discovered a body at the bottom of a steep cliff along Lake Superior in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula while going through photos one of them had just taken.

Police said the body of 33-year-old Nicholas Straka of Marquette was recovered on Thursday at Presque Isle Park in Marquette.

Scott Andrews and Brett Peterson were visiting from St. Paul. Andrews said Peterson took photos over the edge of the cliff to see how far it was to the bottom and they spotted a bike and legs. They yelled to the person and called 911 after they didn’t see movement.

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Detective Sgt. Greg Kinonen said he apparently died from a fall. The circumstances are under investigation.