Police: Skydiver shed chute midair to kill himself

By the Associated Press | September 19, 2011 | 5:00 PM EDT

NORTHUMBERLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a veteran skydiver left a suicide note before intentionally shedding his parachute in midair and falling to his death in a New York farm field.

Saratoga County Sheriff's Investigator Rick Capasso says 60-year-old Robert Raecke (rayk), of Duanesburg, unbuckled the chute after jumping from a plane at about 8,000 feet on Sunday. His body was found in a field in the Saratoga County town of Northumberland, 35 miles north of Albany.

Capasso said Monday that the note Raecke left behind and the subsequent investigation haven't explained why he killed himself.