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Dentist Nonnemann died in hunting accident

By Barb Ickes | Tuesday, October 14, 2008 12:37 PM CDT A hunting accident claimed the life last week of a longtime Rock Island dentist.

The body of Philip Nonnemann, 60, was found Thursday on land owned by his family in rural Rock Island. He had fallen from a deer stand where he was hunting with a bow and arrow, said Capt. Greg Hunter of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

He said that a member of Nonnemann’s family asked police to conduct a welfare check on the land after the dentist missed his first appointment Oct. 9. The missing-person report was filed around 10 a.m., Hunter said, and the body was found at 11:25 a.m.

Investigators and Rock Island County’s Coroner-elect Brian Gustafson said Nonnemann died as a result of injuries he sustained in the fall of about 15 feet. His bow and arrow and two cell phones were still in the tree stand, Hunter said.

“He was staying on the grounds overnight, hunting early in the morning,” he said. “He wasn’t done hunting for the day or night or whatever. He was moving around, evidently, and he fell.

“He was enjoying some deer hunting and, unfortunately, it ended in tragedy.”

Gustafson said there would not be an autopsy and said a coroner’s jury will be asked to rule on the cause of death at a November inquest. The death currently is categorized accidental. 

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