SARANAC LAKE - A village resident made a shocking discovery here this afternoon when she went to take out her trash.
Village police responded to Sue Goldsmith's home at 28 Keene St. around 3 p.m. after Goldsmith reported finding the body of a man in her backyard. Police quickly put up yellow crime-scene tape and cordoned off the property, which is in a residential area between Elm Street and Park Avenue.
The body was on the ground less than 10 feet behind Goldsmith's house, among a group of small trees, near a wooden fence.
Village of Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason, left, talks with Sue Goldsmith, who found a dead body behind her home on Keene Street in the village Sunday afternoon.
(Enterprise photo - Chris Knight)
"The homeowner was bringing a garbage can out to her garage and when she turned around to walk back toward the house, and that's when she saw the body," said village Police Chief Bruce Nason. "I don't have any other details at the moment because we're still here processing the scene."
Police don't know how long the body has been there. Nason said it may have been concealed by several feet of snow, until the snow melted recently.
A state police forensic team arrived at the property around 5 p.m. Investigators have been taking pictures and going over the scene. The body hadn't been removed from the site as of 6 p.m.
Nason wouldn't say whether the body is that of Gary Sklaryk, who's been missing since early January.
Sklaryk, 55, of Saranac Lake, disappeared in the early morning hours of Jan. 2 when he apparently walked away from the home on Ampersand Avenue, where he lived with his father.
Sklaryk spoke to one of his sisters around 4 o'clock that morning and complained he was having trouble sleeping. Half an hour later, a neighbor spotted him on Ampersand Avenue walking toward Broadway, but he hasn't been seen since.
(Look for a more extensive report in Monday's Enterprise.)