WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A bizarre accident killed a deer hunter while he was walking in a wooded area in rural Pulaski County. He was Curtis Powelson, 31, a Marine stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.
The incident occurred Monday evening while Powelson was bow hunting near his home off Red Oak Lane north of the Buckhorn area.
Around dusk, Powelson told his wife that he just shot a deer and was returning to the woods to try to track the animal. When he failed to return home, his wife reported him missing to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Pulaski County Assistant Coroner Michael McCart says, "Myself, I've hunted out there since I was a kid, and the landowner himself had no idea this was out there. We had several firefighters and deputies that almost stepped into it themselves, just out there wandering around looking for him last night.
Powelson stumbled into a sinkhole about seventy feet deep. "It's just a horrible accident," says McCart.