December 15, 2004
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Police investigators do not believe a 12-year-old
boy shot to death while hunting this month did the shooting himself,
a state conservation said.
Coty Forbes was killed the morning of Dec. 4 while in a wooded
area about 10 miles south of Terre Haute squirrel hunting and target
shooting with two cousins.
Conservation Officer Max Winchell said Tuesday an autopsy did
not determine how the boy was shot.
"It was inconsistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound," Winchell
The boy's cousins, ages 9 and 14, left him in the woods with a
gunshot wound to his right chest while they went to Ed Joy's home
about a quarter mile away to get help.
The youths told Joy that Forbes was shot and asked him to help
Joy said the two boys told him Forbes got down from a tree stand
about 12 feet high, walked about 20 feet, turned and said he was
Winchell said the investigation was continuing.
"We re-interviewed the two juveniles who were with him and
are continuing to gather information to find out what happened," he
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