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PA: Exton hunter found dead in West Vincent woods

Exton hunter found dead in West Vincent woods

January 12, 2011

WEST VINCENT ó A 47-year-old Exton man who went hunting on a wooded farm in the 1100 block of Birchrun Road Tuesday night was found dead in the woods Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed.

Michael James Faust, had permission to hunt on the property and went out deer hunting Tuesday night, according to West Vincent Township police. Not having heard from or seen Faust since he went into the woods Tuesday night, the landowner called police around 12:15 p.m. Wednesday and a search of the property ensued.

Police said Faustís body was found at the base of a tree in the dense wooded area, with his tree stand not properly secured about 20 feet above where his body was lying. Additionally, police said, Faustís flintlock rifle and backpack were hanging from hooks above the tree stand and he was not wearing a safety harness. Police also said he did not have a cell phone in his possession.

In addition to West Vincent Township police, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Chester County Detectives, the Chester County Coronerís office and the Ludwigís Corner Fire Company responded to the scene Wednesday.

Police said Faustís cause of death is under investigation, although it appears to be accidental in nature. An autopsy has been scheduled.

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