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Caroline County Man’s Body Recovered
Hunter had been overdue from trip; cause of death under investigation
BELLEVUE — Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) recovered the body of Steven D. Mitchell, 52, of Denton last night after his wife reported him overdue from a hunting trip.
Mitchell was last seen archery deer hunting on private property off of Deep Neck Road near Bellevue in Talbot County around 3:15 p.m. He was due back from hunting at approximately 7:30 p.m. His wife notified the caretaker of the property, who found Mitchell’s body at 9 p.m. and called 9-1-1.
Mitchell’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore. The incident remains under investigation, as is standard in all hunting related accidents. However, foul play is not suspected. The Talbot County Sheriff’s Department assisted NRP with the incident.
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is an enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources. With an authorized strength of 214 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the Natural Resources Police provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.
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