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Hunter's body found behind his Pa. home

December 29, 1997

By LISA GRAYBEAL

Staff Writer, Chambersburg

ORRSTOWN, Pa. - An Orrstown man reported missing since the day after Christmas was found dead Sunday morning in the woods about 500 yards from his home, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Chester Leroy Freet, 71, of 12217 Mountain Road in Letterkenny Township, died of a heart attack at about 5 p.m. Friday, according to Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Conner, who pronounced him dead.

Freet was hunting alone on the mountain west of Upper Strasburg, Pa., when the heart attack occurred, police said.

He was found behind his home at about 9:45 a.m. by a state police trooper with the help of a police dog and helicopter, police said.

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Freet's family searched Friday night and all day Saturday when he didn't return home from hunting small game on Friday by the time it turned dark, said his daughter-in-law, Brenda Freet, of Fayetteville, Pa.

The family reported him missing and requested help from state police at about 1 a.m. Sunday, police said.

Freet's family had warned him several times not to hunt alone, Brenda Freet said.

"It was just second nature to him to grab his gun and go hunting," she said.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Freet was retired from the former H.J. Heinz Co. plant in Chambersburg, Pa., and from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

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