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POLICE SAY BOY'S HUNTING DEATH NOT SELF-INFLICTED

Associated Press

December 15, 2004

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Police investigators do not believe a 12-year-old boy shot to death while hunting this month did the shooting himself, a state conservation said.

Coty Forbes was killed the morning of Dec. 4 while in a wooded area about 10 miles south of Terre Haute squirrel hunting and target shooting with two cousins.

Conservation Officer Max Winchell said Tuesday an autopsy did not determine how the boy was shot.

"It was inconsistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Winchell said.

The boy's cousins, ages 9 and 14, left him in the woods with a gunshot wound to his right chest while they went to Ed Joy's home about a quarter mile away to get help.

The youths told Joy that Forbes was shot and asked him to help them.

Joy said the two boys told him Forbes got down from a tree stand about 12 feet high, walked about 20 feet, turned and said he was shot.

Winchell said the investigation was continuing.

"We re-interviewed the two juveniles who were with him and are continuing to gather information to find out what happened," he said.

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