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Martinsburg man dies while hunting in W.Va.

November 21, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A 59-year-old Martinsburg man who died Monday while hunting in Hampshire County might have had a heart attack, according to West Virginia Division of Natural Resources law enforcement officers.

Robert Douglas "Doug" Criswell, 59, was found by a hunting companion on private property near the community of Largent and the Morgan County line about two miles off W.Va. 9, according to Lt. H.E. Shaver.

An autopsy was being completed at the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but Shaver said all of the circumstances surrounding Criswell's death led investigators to believe he experienced some type of heart-related ailment.

"There was no evidence of foul play," said Shaver, who was notified of the death about 1:45 p.m. Monday. A Hampshire County medical examiner assisted the DNR with the incident.

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Shaver said Criswell was part of a fairly large hunting party that regularly hunted the property for a number of years. Those with him were "very remorseful and sad" about what happened and Shaver said they only took solace in knowing that Criswell was doing something he enjoyed.

A Martinsburg native and U.S. Navy veteran, Criswell is survived by his wife, Loretta R. Pulse Criswell, and a number of family members who reside in Martinsburg.

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