Funeral procession Thursday for Australian who died on Scarface Mountain

SARANAC LAKE – A funeral procession will take place through the village Thursday morning for an Australian Army captain who was found frozen to death last week on Scarface Mountain.

State police Senior Investigator Mike Ryan said the body of Paul McKay, 31, is being repatriated to his native Australia.

The procession will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home on Church Street. Led by a village police car, the motorcade will include a state Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger truck, a state police cruiser, an unmarked state police vehicle and the hearse. It will travel down Church Street, turn left onto Main Street, continue to the town hall and turn left onto River Street. From there, the procession will leave the village on state Route 86 and make its way via state Route 73 to the Adirondack Northway.

Most of the police cars will stop, but the hearse will continue, escorted by an unmarked state police car, to a funeral home in Queens. McKay’s body is scheduled to be flown back to Australia on Friday.

“Saranac Lake’s heart and soul was involved in the search and recovery effort,” Ryan said. “It was something we thought would be a sign of respect for an active military member who passed.”