Zoar Valley update: Parents killed; 4 & 7 year old boys survive

Gorge - equally gorgeous as dangerous

Photo: Erie County Sheriff's office


Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - An update on a heartbreaking story about a South Buffalo family's outing at Zoar Valley in the Southern Tier Sunday.  Parents William Green, 33, and Amanda Green, 35, died from an apparent 200 foot fall from a steep cliff.  Hikers came across the bodies of the couple and an injured 4 year old boy during the noon hour on Sunday.  Erie County Sheriff's spokesman Scott Zylka says rescuers got into the gorge as soon as possible and airlifted the little boy out.  They then learned from other family members that the couple had another son with them. 

"Our search efforts intensified and just before 6pm, one of our detectives came across a 7 year old and we were able to airlift him out of the gorge as well," said Zylka.  "There were some sneakers left behind and footprints that didn't fit the individuals on location". 

The Sheriff's office does not believe there were any eyewitnesses. 

Zylka said Zoar Valley is very deep and very steep. "It's equally gorgeous as it is dangerous". 

The Sheriff's Air One helicopter assisted in picking up the injured children as well as dropping-in rescue personnel. 

The latest update on the condition of the boys.  Alexander Green, 4 years old, is in ICU in guarded condition at Women's and Children's Hospital .  His brother, 7 year old Jacob Green, has a broken right arm and ankle.

Zylka said relatives are at the bedside of both boys. 

Amanda Green worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Blue Cross Blue Shield issued this statement:

We are grateful for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers from the Western New York community. This tragic event has left us with empty hearts and without words.

While the details of yesterday are still being discovered, we want to remember Amanda and William’s legacy as two parents that loved their children dearly. Our family would like to thank the first responders including Erie County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Flight, as well as the dedicated staff at Women and Children’s Hospital for their courageous and caring efforts.

At this time, we are focused on Amanda and William’s two little boys and will share additional information at the appropriate time.



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