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October 4, 2010

North Beaver hunter found dead in tree

NORTH BEAVER TWP. - A North Beaver Township resident was found dead at his tree stand Sunday morning, after his children became concerned because they hadn't heard from him all weekend.

State police said William E. Henry, 67, of 283 McClain Road, got tangled up in the stand when it apparently collapsed at Henry's hunting spot, in a wooded area near Crum Road.

Police said Henry left his home to go bow hunting around 1:30 p.m. Saturday. When his children were unable to contact Henry, who lived alone, on Sunday morning, they contacted police.

"His son knew where his hunting spot was, and they found his truck parked near there around 9 a.m. (Sunday)," said Russell Noga, Lawrence County coroner. "It didn't take long to find him."

Police said Henry's stand apparently slid from its spot, causing Henry to become tangled in the stand's safety straps. Henry was found wedged between the stand and the tree.

Noga said he hadn't yet ruled on the cause or manner of Henry's death, but said it would likely be ruled an accidental asphyxiation.

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