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Weekend Search Fails to Turn Up Missing Hunter

New Castle News, PA

12.29.03

Several search teams assisted by nine dogs returned to the Shenango River over the weekend, but their efforts to find a Mahoningtown man whose canoe capsized last week were fruitless.

Neshannock Township police led the search for 55-year-old David "Dub" Woods of Cherry Street, who is believed to have fallen into the river after his canoe capsized while he was raccoon hunting the evening of Dec. 22.

After a two-day search, Neshannock police called off the mission for the holiday, then resumed searching Dec. 27 morning when the weather was calm and skies were clear.

They summoned help from the Neshannock, Mahoning, Pulaski and Union Township fire departments, divers and boats from Crescent Fire and Coraopolis Fire Departments.

Nine dogs from the Canine Assisted Emergency Search and Recovery team also helped, and some of the search dogs were placed on boats to sniff the water.

Shenango Valley Dam officials cooperated by holding back the reservoir waters to lower the levels in the river so divers could execute their mission easier.

The entire river area in Neshannock - including the banks and nearby fields and woods - was searched throughout the weekend with negative results, police said.

Woods and his son-in-law, Anthony Mike, had been hunting raccoons from the canoe on the river when they hit brush and trees and their canoe flipped over.

Mike was able to swim to the banks but he lost sight of Woods and called for help.

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?BRD=1286&dept_id=215468&newsid=10726205&PAG=461&rfi=9  

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