Dead body found near Esopus Creek; police not releasing information on case

By Jay Braman Jr.
A man’s body was found in Big Indian near the Esopus Creek last Thursday. While the circumstances surrounding his discovery are mysterious, all area law enforcement agencies remained tight-lipped a full five days after the discovery.
A family member on Tuesday confirmed that the body was that of Shandaken resident Gary Steven Corwin, 62, of Broadstreet Hollow Road.
Corwin’s body was found at the end of Church Street Road in Big Indian, a small dead-end lane that runs from behind the Big Indian Service Center down to the edge of the Esopus Creek. According to sources, the body was naked from the waist down and appeared to be bruised. Corwin was transported to Margaretville Memorial Hospital on Thursday where he was pronounced dead.
Yesterday a family member of the deceased, who wished to remain anonymous, told the News by phone that the family had few details of the incident. “The family’s having a hard time,” she said. “The police haven’t told us anything.”
Justices in both Shandaken and Lexington report that as of press time yesterday no one has been arraigned in either court in relation to the case.
Ulster County Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, whose department is handling the case, confirmed that a body was found on Thursday but refused to discuss details because the investigation is ongoing.
Ulster County District Attorney Holly Carnright said Tuesday that the incident was not being treated as a murder, but that police were investigating.
He urged anyone with any information to contact the Ulster County Sheriff’s Department at 338-3640.