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Man killed in Barn Bluff fall

The man who died after falling from Barn Bluff Wednesday evening has been identified as 54-year-old David Locuson of Fenton, Mo.

The Red Wing Police Department said investigators believe Locuson was in town for business. Chief Roger Pohlman said the department won't be releasing what company Locuson worked for because the incident was not work-related.

Police and the Red Wing Fire Department were dispatched to the north side of Barn Bluff at about 8:50 p.m. Wednesday. When crews arrived, witnesses were performing CPR on Locuson.

Those witnesses said they found Locuson unresponsive on the North Trail at the bottom of a 200 foot rock drop-off. They added that they had seen Locuson jogging on top of the bluff about 20 minutes earlier and that he had asked them for directions off the bluff.

"All indications are that he fell from the top of the bluff," Pohlman said.

Locuson was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Police had initially reported that he had been taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.

The last time a person died from a fall off Barn Bluff was in September 2011, when 75-year-old Mavis Knudson of Edina, Minn., fell from the North Trail. Before that, the last death was in 2004.

Barn Bluff has five different trails with various difficulty levels. The city of Red Wing's website urges bluff climbers to use caution and warns that that all of the bluff's trails may have "loose rocks, steep slopes and vertical drops."

In addition, signs at the beginning of the trails warn climbers that extra caution should be taken in early spring due to potentially wet ground.