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Death at Backbone Rock

Officers responded to what’s being called an “apparent suicide” at Backbone Rock on Friday, October 24 at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Investigator Gladden of the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department informed The Tomahawk that “it seems that the man jumped off of Backbone Rock in an apparent suicide.”
The body of 61-year-old John Sklepowicz of Abingdon, Virginia was discovered by a group of people who were visiting the local landmark. According to police, Skelpowicz fell approximately 70-feet from the top of the rock and landed near the Backbone Rock Recreational Area off of Highway 133 in Johnson County.
Sklepowicz was last seen leaving his home in Virginia at around 10:00 a.m. on the morning of Friday, October 24.