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IN: Missing hunter from Pendleton found dead

Missing hunter from Pendleton found dead

Apr 30, 2011

Deputy, Indiana - Searchers located the body of a missing turkey hunter early Saturday morning. Concerns were raised when Jon R. Widener, 49, from Pendleton, had not returned from turkey hunting.

Widener left his home early Friday morning to travel to private property northeast of Deputy, Indiana, which he and friends lease to hunt. His friends noticed Widener's vehicle parked at the property when they arrived to hunt in the afternoon.

After the evening hunt, the friends became concerned when Widener had not returned. According to investigating Indiana Conservation Officer Steve Miller "They looked for him for some time but were unable to locate him."

Emergency services were contacted at approximately 11:00pm Friday.

Emergency response personnel gathered to conduct the night-long search. "Our search went on through the night but searching for someone fully camouflaged amid foliage by flashlight is less than ideal" Miller said.

According to family members Widener was found by his son who drove from Pendleton to assist in the search. He was found at approximately 7:30am Saturday morning.

There did not appear to be any visible injuries to Widener. No foul play is suspected.

Jefferson County Coroner Alice Jackson has scheduled an autopsy Saturday to determine cause of death. 

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