Virginia hunter found after search in Pike County

Virginia hunter found after search in Pike County

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DETROIT, Ill. -- A hunter from Virginia was found Monday morning after a search that stretched over two days.

According to a press release from the Pike County Sheriff's Department, Richard M. Chapman, 54, of Duffield, Va., turned up missing Sunday night. Chapman had arrived in Detroit for a one-week hunt on Saturday. A fellow hunter notified the Sheriff's Department after Chapman didn't come back after hunting on Sunday.

At 10 p.m. Sunday, officers found a vehicle at the top of Florence Hill and they were able to find the stand that Chapman was hunting from. A ground search ensued on property that Chapman was authorized to hunt. Rescuers used ATV's, RTV's and UTV's during the search.

The terrain that was searched was extremely thick with numerous gullies and ravines, police said. Authorities searched for 5 1/2 hours Sunday night into Monday morning. The search resumed at daylight on Monday, and after 90 minutes Chapman was found by a search party, hunkered down in brush, police said. Chapman told police that he was disoriented and confused of his exact location.

Chapman was evaluated by Pike County EMS personnel. He was not injured, but was believed to be dehydrated and cold.

"From the time I called (police) to the time the first responder arrived on scene and until he was found, those assisting were top notch," said Dave Weckerly, a friend of Chapman's.

Other assisting agencies were Menard County Rescue, Pittsfield Fire Department, East Pike Fire Department, the Adams County chapter of the American Red Cross, Pleasant Hill Fire Department, Griggsville Fire Department, New Canton Fire Department, Hull-Kinderhook Fire Department, Barry Fire Department, Pike County Ambulance, Brown County EMS, Adams County EMS, Pike County Volunteer Emergency Corps, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois State Police, the Peoria County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue, and the Illinois Search and Rescue Team.


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