Hunting Accident File > Safe Hunting?: > 2007

FL - Man dies in probable hunting accident

Alice DuPont

The death of a 51-year-old Havana man, Roy Lynn Gatlin, has been ruled accidental. According to a report released by the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, Gatlin left home around 4 p.m. Saturday to go hunting in the woods behind his Hollow Creek Lane home.

When he did not return home by nightfall his girlfriend, Marcella Sterojie, went looking for him. Unable to locate him, Sterojie called authorities.

Lt. Jim Corder went to the residence and determined that due to the size of the area to be searched additional manpower was required. The search lasted four hours before Gatlin was located lying beneath his deer stand, which was approximately 20 feet off the ground. "It appears that Mr. Gatlin fell out of his deer stand landing on his head," the report stated.

The search was aided by the GCSO K-9 unit and the Florida Game and Wildlife officers.

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