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Emery sheriff: Hunter likely died from fall off horse

Published October 11, 2012 1:00 pm

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A hunter found dead in a remote area of Emery County is believed to have died after being thrown from his horse, the Emery County Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

Sheriff's Capt. Jeff Thomas said Ken Moosman, 64, was found dead in the steep, rugged terrain of Manti-La Sal National Forest east of Ephraim about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Moosman's family had reported him overdue Monday night from a hunting trip. Search and rescue personnel on horseback and on foot found Moosman's body in Upper Joe's Valley. They also found his horse nearby, still saddled and tangled in brush. Moosman's rifle was found on the ground in the same area.

"It appears to have been a horse accident he died from," Thomas confirmed.

In addition to Emery County search and rescue crews, volunteers from nearby Sanpete County aided in the ground search while a Utah Department of Transportation helicopter provided support.

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