Hiker Falls To His Death At Red River Gorge

A hiker has fallen to his death at the Red River Gorge.

Emergency crews responded overnight to an area in the gorge near the Wolfe/Menifee County line.

Search and rescue crews spent about five hours overnight searching for 29-year-old Donnie Rogers of Irvine, before they recovered his body. Officials confirm that marijuana was found on his body.

It's believed he fell more than 200 feet to his death in the Chimney Rock area of the gorge.

Roger's body is being taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Frankfort. Preliminary autopsy results show that he died of blunt force trauma.


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  • by Jim Location: Lexington on Mar 30, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Donnie's family and friends. A neighbor or mine fell to his death in the Gorge a few years ago. I have started a memorial forum at rrgtoday.com to help preserve the memories of those who lost their life in the Gorge. Anyone who knew Donnie is welcome to post their stories and recollections about him. This forum is not intended for anyone else to post judgment or opinions about someone they never knew.
  • by Lisa Location: Northern KY on Mar 18, 2008 at 04:03 PM
    My thoughts and prayers also go out to the friends and family. I hope things will get easier for you. It is a shame to lose someone so young. I agree, right now any one of us could have fallen. Nobody should be even be bringing up the marijuana, that is not what caused accident, it was an accident and accidents happen unfortunately. The sandstone rock is usually has great grip and is easy to walk on. But right now it has absorbed to much water from the rain and snow and it is very slippery.
  • by An old Friend in Irvine on Mar 17, 2008 at 06:43 PM
    Donnie will be deeply missed. I have many wonderful memories with him. It had been a long time since I last seen or spoke to Donnie. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this most difficult time. He was a wonderful, caring, and intelligent person.
  • by Ashley Location: Irvine, KY on Mar 17, 2008 at 11:54 AM
    Donnie was my cousin and regardless of the mistakes he made, he was a wonderful person! Make your own judgements, but keep in mind my family and I just lost a loved one and there is no reason for rude comments! Any one of us high or not could have fallen just as easily. Donnie will always be loved and missed.
  • by PSH Location: Kentucky on Mar 17, 2008 at 10:18 AM
    I agree - way to go Darlene. My type of people also.
  • by Beth Location: Kentucky on Mar 17, 2008 at 09:20 AM
    Donnie was an extremely friendly and considerate man. Very much so a gentleman who went out of his way to help others, even those he did not know. I admire his selflessness. It is very sad and unfortunate that his life ended at such an early age. My thoughts go out to his loved ones.
  • by Lisa Location: Northern KY on Mar 17, 2008 at 07:56 AM
    I was just down the Red River Gorge on Sunday. I went to numerous places, including Chimney and Half Moon. In my opion what made the guy fall is the sandstone rock is wetter than usual from all the snow we had and the rain. I have never seen the sandstone rock that slippery even though it was not raining sunday. That guy must have been used to doing what he was doing. He must not have realized how wet the rock was. I have also climbed around down there and it is easy when the sandstone is totally dry. But when the rock is wet it is unbelievely hard and slick. Since it was dry that day he must have just thought the rock was not slippery, usually when there is no rain for a day it is dry. But I guess since all the snow we had and rain the sandstone rock has just absorbed all the moisture. The rock is like a slippery sponge. I really don't think that weed had anything to do with this accident. The sandstone is just more slippery than usual. I haven't seen it this slippery
  • by Me! Location: Ky on Mar 17, 2008 at 06:27 AM
    Way to go Darlene in Georgetown!!!!!You are MY kind of people!!!!If everyone who gets on here had your attitude, this world would be a MUCH better place!!!!!
  • by To Wolfinbarger Location: From Smoked a little on Mar 17, 2008 at 05:32 AM
    I think the key phrase in your response was "this is a page for ANY type of comment". So go search your pea sized mind and figure out what it is you would like to say, that makes any sense at all.I have been stoned and drunk. I never did any drugs stronger than pot. As a matter of fact I did more stupid things while drunk. I don't think smoking pot is okay by no means. I am just making a point that I don't think if this guy was smoking it would have impaired his judgment to the point of trying an impossible jump.FYI I do have children and they are ALL good citizens. One is a nurse and the other is in the police academy. I have told them what I have done in the past and they know the dangers of drugs and alcohol.I am not a bad person. In fact I think that the experience from my teen years has helped me to raise 2 very good kids.At least if they ever asked me "what does it feel like to smoke pot?" I could at least give them an answer.Could you?No they have to find out themselves! Right.
  • by darlene Location: georgetown on Mar 16, 2008 at 06:41 PM
    drunk or sober, stoned or sober, sober, sober, sober, life happens. I am from the mountains and i ran around and partied in the Red River Gorge. Chimney Rock, Indian Creek, all over. My husband jumped the crack at Chimney rock while drunk. Don't judge others until you have been where they are. No matter how one dies it is devestating. Most of us have unconditional love for our loved ones. We don,t sit in judgement for the way they choose to live. So what if pot was found on him, he was human, and probably more willing to be of help to someone (the way God chooses us to be) than those of you who choose to condemn him. My sympathy for his family is true. I'm no better than nor no less than the man sitting next to me who is addicted to sex, pot, drugs, alcohol or chocolate. I am human and I care about others regardless. Would you want people condemning your loved one because they were human. Get off the throne. There is a God and you are not it.

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