According to the weekly report for October 27 through November 2, 2023, from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a missing hunter has been found dead in Columbia County.
The Columbia County Sheriff's Office contacted the FWC regarding a search and rescue, as the hunter hadn't been heard from since earlier in the day. Senior Officer Yates responded to the area of Benton Tower and State Road 6 to begin the search.
After a few hours of searching, Officer Yates located the missing man's truck. Along with Sheriff's Office deputies, Officer Yates was able to locate the missing hunter as well, who police say appeared to be deceased from an unknown medical emergency.
As of publication, Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies continue to investigate the incident. They do not believe it to be a hunting accident. If more details become available, Uncovering Florida will update this article.
Article by Rachael Volpe