Missing Sarasota Hunter Found Dead in Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) — State wildlife officials say they’ve found the body of a hunter reported missing in the Tampa Bay area.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, David Smowton was reported missing Monday. His brother told authorities that the 56-year-old Sarasota man had planned a hunting trip Saturday in the Green Swamp West Wildlife Management Area in Pasco County, but he had not returned.

Smowton had been hunting small game with a shot gun.

Officials said Tuesday that a state wildlife officer found Smowton’s body about a mile from his vehicle.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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