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Missing man found dead in Columbia County

CHATHAM – A Chatham man, who was reported late returning from a hike on August 6, was found dead in a remote pond located on private property in that town Monday night.

State Police said investigation revealed that Benjamin Kaufmann, 33, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Although Mr. Kaufmann may have been depressed, there was credible evidence that he was seeking assistance outside of Columbia County,” said State Police Captain and Zone Commander Michael Jankowiak.

The search, by a number of agencies in and outside Columbia County, followed up a number of leads.