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Freeport Man Killed in Hunting Accident

Leader Times

Monday, December 8, 2003

NORTH BUFFALO -- The gun shot death of a deer hunter, Thomas Morris Van Dyke, 40, of 101 Hill Road, Freeport, has been ruled accidental by Armstrong County Coroner Robert T. Bower.

Bower said Van Dyke, who was last seen entering the woods at 7:30 a.m., was reported missing by his family at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Within an hour, a search by South Buffalo Township police and fire departments found Van Dyke with a single gunshot wound to the neck sitting in a tree stand off McVille Road. Bower said a combination of snow accumulation and rough terrain made the recovery effort difficult.

Bower pronounced Van Dyke dead at 9:45 p.m. He was assisted in his investigation by Paul Rearick, Chief Detective of the Armstrong County District Attorney's Office, Wildlife Conservation Officer Barry Seth and South Buffalo police.

Van Dyke is survived by two daughters, ages 8 and 18.

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