GUNTOWN – Lee County officials believe a body found late Thurs

GUNTOWN – Lee County officials believe a body found late Thursday near Guntown may have been the result of a hunting accident.

The body of the unidentified man, who authorities believe may have been in his 60s, was discovered shortly before 10 p.m. in a muddy, wooded area off state Highway 348, said Lee County Medical Examiner Roy Barnett.

The man’s body was found near a barbed-wire fence. A shotgun that had spent one shell was lying nearby. The man had a wound to the chest.

Officials had to use four-wheel-drive vehicles and four-wheelers to get to the location of the body.

Barnett said an autopsy would be conducted on the body today, when more information is expected to be released.

Cynthia M. Jeffries

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