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Missing Hunter Found Dead in Woods

September 11, 2011

From WSAZ News

Joseph Whitley was found dead about 9:30 a.m. Saturday near Norton Branch in Rush, Ky.

A hunter has been found dead after hours of searching Saturday morning.

Director of Emergency Management Brent Webster tells WSAZ.com Joseph Whitley left his home in Rush, Ky., to go hunting in the Norton Branch area Friday about 2 p.m., but never returned.

Whitley was reported missing by wife about 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Several fire departments began searching for Whitley shortly after.

His body was found near Norton Branch about 9:30 a.m. and pronounced dead by Boyd County Deputy Coroner Ralph Beadle.

Webster says it appears Whitley died from injuries he received in an ATV accident.

An exact cause of death has not yet been released, but no foul play is suspected.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.

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