MOUNT VERNON — Video surveillance of Rastin Tower from the day of a Newark man’s apparent suicide will be reviewed by the Foundation Park Conservancy.
Carrie Haver, Ariel-Foundation Park marketing director, said the conservancy board will review footage from the park’s cameras “and discuss what to do from there,” Haver said. Haver said there are a variety of cameras around the park. It is not known if the cameras cover the area of the tower where Ricky D. Snyder Jr., 35, Newark, jumped from Wednesday.
The city owns the park, but has not yet annexed the area that includes the Schnormeier Event Center, The Ruins, The Meadows and Rastin Tower. The News has requested the video footage through a public records request sent to representatives of both the conservancy and the city.
Snyder was observed climbing the tower’s steel rung ladder above the 140 feet high observation deck of the tower’s spiral stairway Wednesday morning before jumping to his death. The rungs go to the top of the 280 feet tall tower and date back to the tower’s days as an industrial smokestack; the staircase was added when the former industrial area was reclaimed as Ariel-Foundation Park. The park was dedicated in 2015.