Hunter found dead in refuge


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Indiana Conservation officers are investigating a death that occurred at the Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge late Wednesday.

Jeff Rottet, 45, of Huntingburg, was deer hunting when he died of what appears to be medical complications. police said.

Shortly before 7 p.m., conservation officers, along with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Jackson County EMS, responded to the refuge following a report that a hunter was missing. Rottet, who had been hunting separately, was to reunite with a group of hunters but failed to return to their vehicle.

Rottet was located unresponsive by his friends and subsequently taken from the woods by EMS personnel. An autopsy is scheduled Thursday at Schneck Memorial Center in Seymour, police said.

No foul play is suspected, police said. The incident is still under investigation by Indiana Conservation Officers.

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