Churchville man dies in fall at Rocks State Park in Harford County

A Churchville man died Saturday evening after falling from the King and Queen seat in Harford County's Rocks State Park, according to natural resources police.

Police were called to the scene at about 6 p.m. and found a 35-year-old man who had fallen from the natural rock outcrop, Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. Members of the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Department pronounced him dead at the scene.

Police believe the man had committed suicide, Thomson said Monday morning.

Maryland Natural Resources Police previously said the man was climbing on the rocks before he fell. But Thomson said Monday he was not found with any rock-climbing equipment, and interviews with witnesses and family members led police to believe the death was a suicide.

“We went back and covered the scene again just to make sure we didn’t miss anything,” Thomson said.

A popular tourist destination and a challenge for skilled climbers, the King and Queen seat in the park in Jarrettsville rises 190 feet above Deer Creek.

Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Meehan contributed to this story.

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