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Sedalia Man Killed While Hunting

From the Sunday, November 23, 2003 issue:

By Chuck Orman

The Sedalia Democrat

A 31-year-old Sedalia man died Saturday in an apparent hunting accident in northern Pettis County.

Scotty L. Riedl, of 26654 Sinkhole Road, died after he was shot once in the right upper chest.

Sheriff Gary Starke said Mr. Riedl had been hunting deer with his brother, Michael Riedl, of the same address, when the incident occurred near dusk.

"I think a contributing factor in the shooting was the fact that Mr. Riedl was not wearing any 'hunter's orange' clothing or accessories," Sheriff Starke said. "He was dressed in dark camouflage clothing."

The men were hunting on property on Schondelmaier Road, about half a mile from the Saline County line.

"Saline County received the call at 5:21 p.m. on their 911 line," Sheriff Starke said. "Apparently the call went there because it was made from a cell phone."

The Pettis County office was notified at 5:56 p.m., and an officer arrived at the scene at 6:08 p.m., the sheriff said. A Sweet Springs ambulance took Mr. Riedl to Bothwell Regional Health Center.

The Pettis County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident with the help of Pettis County Coroner Fred Biggs and Department of Conservation agents.

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