April 26, 2005
04/24/05: Dan Pirfo, 19, Ithaca, NY
Dan Pirfo, a 19 year old Cornell University student in Ithaca, NY, was reported missing at 1 AM Monday, April 26, 2005 by his roommate, Sean Clemens and other friends from his floor in Mews Hall. He has reportedly been drinking Saturday night and was last seen in the early morning Sunday hours in a friend's dorm room on Farm Drive. His body was found May 10, 2005 at the base of the Ithaca Falls in Fall Creek gorge.
Clemens said he last saw Pirfo at around 3:10 a.m. Sunday morning: "I told him I was going to bed and he said he'd be back." [This has also been reported as 3:30 a.m.] Records show that he re-entered the dormitory at at approximately 4:30 a.m. The last confirmed sighting of Pirfo was in another friend's room in Mews Hall at about 4:45 a.m. An unconfirmed sighting put him in the student lounge at 9 AM Sunday morning. Pirfo had reportedly been drinking Saturday night.
Friends and dorm residents created fliers, constructed a Web site and sent out e-mail in an effort to locate Pirfo. Ithaca Police reported 32 volunteers combing the area for Pirfo. Cornell Police, along with the Ithaca PD and the NY State Police helicopter conducted a search of the campus buildings and grounds, along with the river gorge that cuts through the campus. "They've been searching around the North campus residence halls and the grounds around the north campus residence," said Simeon Moss, director of the Cornell press office. "The Ithaca Police Department is actually coordinating that search." New York State Park Police helped coordinate the search from the Cayuga Heights Fire Department Wednesday. On Wednesday 4/27/05, K9s were brought in from Western NY Search Dogs, and Cayuga County SAR to assist with building searches and a search of Lake Beebe. No alerts were recorded and both the buildings and the lake were cleared. No further K9 assistance was requested. Students did perform a search of the grounds, and a continued investigation by LE did not turn up any new leads.
On Tuesday, May 10th, three men fishing in Fall Creek Gorge, discovered a body at the base of the falls. The body was later identified as Pirfo. According to IPD Lt. Timothy Williams, injuries found on Pirfo's body are consistent with a fall into the gorge. His death has been ruled accidental, Williams said Thursday.
Photo from: http://cornell.elliottback.com/where-is-dan-pirfo
Facts of Interest in This Case
Name/age: Dan Pirfo, 19
College: Cornell University
Physical Description: white male, 5'8," 160 pounds, brown hair brown eyes wearing a black dress shirt and khaki pants
Last Seen: 04/24/05 4:45 am, Mews Hall
Recovered: 05/10/05 the base of Ithaca Falls on Fall Creek near campus
Cause of death ruling: unknown
Manner of death ruling: accidental
Post last updated: 8/2/09
at 4:45 AM