Monday evening, a Marine stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, was a victim of a bizarre accident in rural Pulaski County, Missouri.
Curtis Powelson, 31, (no rank listed) called his wife to say he’d had a successful day of bow-hunting for deer near their home north of the Buckhorn area; then he never returned home.
Mrs. Powelson called authorities when it got late and Powelson, a capable outdoorsman, hadn’t returned.
Local firefighters and law enforcement started a grid search, after dark, which lasted until 3 a.m. when they found Powelson’s body at the bottom of a large sinkhole not far from his home.
KY3 News reported that searchers rappelled into the sinkhole and were able to bring the Marine’s body to the surface of the 65-70 ft. deep hole.
Locals who were interviewed seemed to think the six-foot wide sinkhole had recently opened and was totally invisible due to “tall foliage” and darkness.
Powelson’s death has been ruled accidental.
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