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CO: Man dies on hunting trip

November 14, 2009

Man dies on hunting trip

A 51-year-old Willits man was found dead inside his tent Thursday night.

David Parmeter had been on a hunting trip with three other valley residents in the Triangle Peak area, north of Woody Creek. His hunting companions phoned police at 9:15 p.m. to report they had found their friend dead at the camp. Sheriff’s deputies reached Parmeter about at about 1:30 a.m. Friday about six miles up the Red Rim Trail, and brought his body out two hours later.

A cause of death has not been determined. On Friday night, Pitkin County coroner Dr. Chuck Johnson said an autopsy and toxicology results were pending.

The weather was mild at the time the death was reported and isn’t believed to be a factor, authorities said.

A Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy said he did not know how long the hunting party had been out in the woods and was unable to provide any further information. Parmeter’s death remains under investigation.

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