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West Lafayette deer hunter found dead

WARSAW – The death of Albert Klotz, 67, of 52807 Hal Kar Rd., West Lafayette, who fell from a tree stand and died Wednesday while hunting deer, probably would not be classified as a hunting death because a bow or rifle was not the cause of death.

Jane Beathard, Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman, said there have not been any hunting deaths in Ohio this year, although there have been accidents.

Deer bow hunting season opened Monday.

The likely cause of death is the injuries Klotz sustained from the fall, Coshocton County Coroner Dr. Robert Gwinn said.

Calling hours are today from 2 to 5 in Given-Dawson Funeral Home at Coshocton and Sunday from 1 pm to 2. Services will be held Sunday at 2.

Because he did not return from hunting, Klotz’s wife Sandra called the county sheriff’s office, according to Lt. William Kobel. By the time authorities arrived, Klotz’s body had been discovered by the owners of the property Klotz was hunting on, Kobel said.

Authorities are unclear how Klotz fell from the tree, Gwinn said. He apparently wasn’t properly strapped in, and fell at least 10 feet to the ground, he said.

He was hunting in Monroe Township, north of Warsaw.

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