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Missing deer hunter found dead in York County

October 26, 2011

By Nicole Smith, HeraldOnline.com

Missing deer hunter found dead in York County

More than 10 agencies and 30 volunteers searched overnight for a 72-year-old deer hunter before his body was discovered Wednesday morning in western York County.

Gene Coleman Welch of Sharon was reported missing Tuesday evening, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Katie Franklin and her husband, B.J., live at 2108 Thompson Quarter Road, the residence behind where Welch hunts every morning. Katie Franklin said Welch and her husband had been hunting buddies for a few years.

When the couple returned home Tuesday night, they saw Welch's truck still parked at their residence, she said. They called her father, who lives a few houses down, and he called 911.

Welch had reportedly parked his vehicle at about 7 a.m. Tuesday and had not returned by nightfall. People familiar with Welch said he typically finished hunting by noon and would stop by a store to socialize.

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