Missing North Carolina hunter found dead in South Carolina

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JONESVILLE, SC (AP) — A hunter who went missing in South Carolina has been found dead following a multi-agency search.

The Union County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and the state Natural Resources Department began searching for John Michael Houser after he was reported missing while hunting Saturday.

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The sheriff’s office says it used K-9 units and a state Law Enforcement Division helicopter to search for the 52-year-old North Carolina man until about 11:30 p.m. when the effort was called off for the night.

A coroner’s office report says rescuers discovered Houser’s body in a wooded area in Jonesville around 1 p.m. Sunday. A cause of death wasn’t immediately given.

The investigation remains ongoing.