No Foul Play Involved in Alabama Hunter Deaths

OZARK, Ala. (AP) - Authorities said they do not suspect foul play in the weekend deaths of two deer hunters in southeast Alabama. The two hunters died during unrelated incidents and the men likely died from natural causes.

Dale County Coroner Woody Hilboldt said 35-year-old Michael David McCollough of Rehobeth was pronounced dead Sunday evening after apparently suffering a heart attack in the woods off Highway 27 between Ozark and Ewell. He said McCollough had climbed out of his tree stand when he collapsed.

In Barbour County, Sheriff Leroy Upshaw said 70-year-old Ronald Piatt of Louisiana died Sunday after he apparently died in a deer stand while hunting about 15 miles north of Eufaula.

According to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, there have been three hunter deaths this season, which began November 17th and ends January 31st.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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