South Bend Tribune, IN
16 December 2003
BUCHANAN -- A Buchanan man who co-owned businesses in
South Bend and Mishawaka, died of injuries suffered when he fell from a tree
while hunting Saturday on his own property at Puddle Lake Preserve in
Puddle Lake Preserve is southeast of the intersection of
Warren Woods and Boyle Lake Road in Buchanan Township.
James E. Sharpe, 48, of Elm Valley Road in Buchanan, died
when he fell from a tree stand while hunting Saturday afternoon with a
His friend, who was hunting with him, last had contact
with him at 3:30 p.m. via two-way radios the two were using, according to
the Berrien County Sheriff Department's police report, said Dr. Arthur
Robertson, Berrien County assistant medical examiner.
But then his friend could not reach him for a while and
went looking for him in the area he knew Sharpe was hunting on the opposite
side of the lake.
His friend found Sharpe on the ground at 6:15 p.m.
It was estimated that Sharpe fell 10 to 20 feet from the
tree stand, Robertson said, and died at the scene.
Robertson ruled it was an "accidental death due to the
fall," with trauma to multiple areas including the head.
"There was no evidence of a heart attack," Robertson said.
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