Missing W.Va. man found dead at area golf course

August 29, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The search for a man in his mid-60s who disappeared while searching for golf balls ended Thursday when his body was found in thick brush and trees.

Police did not release the man's name, because they were not sure whether all of his family members had been notified.

The man appears to have died of natural causes, said Chief Deputy Kenneth Lemaster of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department.

He suffered from a slow heart beat, Lemaster said.

The man was last seen Thursday morning when he left to look for golf balls at the Stonebridge Golf Course, a hobby of his, according to police.


By 6:30 p.m., volunteer reserve deputies and others on horseback, with bloodhounds and on foot were combing the area in and around the golf course.

To aid the effort, the man's cell phone was dialed. Searchers walking around the 10th hole heard it ringing and found his body in some thick brush at around 6:45 p.m. He could not be seen from the trimmed grass.

Lemaster praised the efforts of the search parties.

Deputies rode through the area on four-wheelers while two animal control officers on golf carts assisted. Lemaster said he was considering calling for a helicopter had the man not been found before nightfall.

Ambulances, required to respond in such instances, had to drive down a narrow golf cart path to reach the spot where the man was found.

He lived nearby on Golf Course Road. A minister went to his home to comfort his family.

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