Elizabethtown man dies after fall

ELIZABETHTOWN – A man in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease died Friday after he wandered away from home and fell down an embankment.

At about 3:30 p.m. Friday, state police responded to a report of a man who had fallen down a 47-foot embankment in Elizabethtown’s Branch Brook.

Elizabethtown resident Albert W. Barclay, 74, fell on rocks there and was badly injured, police said. An ambulance transported Barclay to Elizabethtown Community Hospital, and he was then flown by Life Flight to Fletcher Allen Medical Center in Burlington, Vt., where he later died, police said.

Barclay’s family told police he was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease and had wandered away from his home, which is about 100 yards from the Branch Brook.

An autopsy, performed Monday by Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Steven L. Shapiro at Fletcher Allen Medical Center, determined the cause of death to be blunt impacts to the head and torso due to a fall down a rock-covered embankment. The manner of death has been ruled accidental.