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2 Montana hunters die in separate incidents

November 27, 2011

By Angela Brandt, Missoulian.com

HELENA - A 32-year-old East Helena man died Sunday morning after collapsing while hunting near Clancy.
Justin E. Jones, 32, of East Helena died at about 11:30 a.m. after being taken to St. Peter's Hospital by his hunting partners, Lewis and Clark County Coroner Mickey Nelson said.

Jones had just killed an animal when he was stricken with a life-threatening medical condition. Nelson said an autopsy will be conducted Monday to determine the exact cause of death.

Officials say a massive heart attack caused the death of another hunter - 59-year-old man - who was found by a friend facedown in the snow near Flesher Pass.

Marvin Dale Harlin of Great Falls suffered the fatal heart attack as he was walking up an old logging road while hunting on Saturday afternoon, according to Lewis and Clark County Chief Deputy Coroner Ray Vonada.

Sheriff's deputies, who helped retrieve Harlin's body alongside Lewis and Clark Search and Rescue crews, investigated the death and found no evidence of foul play, Sheriff Leo Dutton said Sunday.

Dutton said Harlin and a friend, who lives in Helena, were hunting together and after a while split up. The friend returned to their pickup, and when Harlin did not return for quite some time, he became worried. According to Dutton, the friend walked back up a trail and found Harlin facedown in the snow.

The friend ran to the nearest home on the 11000 block of Lincoln Road West and called 9-1-1 at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officials were not able to get a vehicle up to the spot and used snowmobiles to access the area. Harlin's body was loaded onto a sled and transported to an awaiting ambulance about 4 p.m., Dutton said.

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