Body found on Mount Toby ID’d as Greenfield man

  • Rescuers head up Mount Toby in Sunderland on Sunday. Staff Photo/MelinaBourdeau

Staff Writer
Published: 3/5/2019 2:18:54 PM

SUNDERLAND — The body recovered from Mount Toby on Sunday has been identified by the Northwestern district attorney’s office as Mark T. Klempner, 63, of Greenfield.

No further information about the victim was forthcoming from the district attorney’s office Wednesday afternoon, but according to town records, Klempner lived at 136 Conway St., Apt. 1. The prosecutor’s office did not provide any information about what Klempner may have been doing on the mountain or how he may have died.

A page for a Mark Klempner who lives in Greenfield states Klempner is an “author, editor, journalist, freelance writer, folklorist, historian” who wrote “The Heart Has Reasons: Dutch Rescuers of Jewish Children during the Holocaust.”

An internet search turned up another Mark Klempner, a Dr. Mark S. Klempner who works at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, but a spokesman for the medical school said “with 100 percent certainty” Wednesday that the deceased man was not that Mark Klempner.

The man’s body was discovered by two hikers around 12:45 p.m. on Sunday.

This led to a recovery that lasted about four hours and involved multiple agencies and two drones from Greenfield. Klempner was confirmed dead after an investigation by the Sunderland Police and Fire departments and South County EMS paramedics.

His body, found in a wedge-like area near a cliff face on the west side of Mount Toby, was discovered by two hikers, who called 911.

The drones were used to ensure rescuers’ safety in the steep icy terrain. Trail entrances were narrow, requiring first responders to use ATVs, snowmobiles and utility vehicles to get themselves and their equipment to the site.

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