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Two duck hunters die in accident on Truman Lake

January 03, 2012|by Gene Hartley | ghartley@ky3.com

ICONIUM, Mo. -- Missouri State Highway Patrol searchers found the bodies of two missing duck hunters in Truman Lake on Tuesday morning.  The bodies of Sean Sheldon, 43, and Jason Evans, 34, both of whom lived near Roscoe, were near their submerged boat near Bear Creek on Horsehoe Bend, about 10 miles east of Osceola.  Sheldon was the son of St. Clair County Coroner Randy Sheldon.

Relatives reported the two men failed to return from their hunting trip on Monday night.  They'd gone out about 2:30 p.m.  The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department asked the Highway Patrol to help with the search about 9 p.m.

Sgt. Jason Pace, a spokesman for the patrol’s Troop D, said searchers used boats, thermal imaging equipment and a plane during the night.  A helicopter crew spotted the submerged boat about 8:30 a.m. and then searchers on the water found their bodies floating nearby.

The Water Patrol division of the Highway Patrol says its investigation found the boat capsized while it was in motion.  Investigators believe Sheldon and Evans tried to stay afloat by hanging onto decoys that were in the boat.

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