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Washington County hunter found dead in Allegany County

November 29, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

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BOONSBORO -- A Boonsboro man on a hunting trip in Allegany County, Md., was found dead at Green Ridge State Forest on Saturday morning, a Maryland Natural Resources Police spokesman said Sunday.

Robert "Scotty" Scott Miner, 72, of Mapleville near Boonsboro, went to the same spot to hunt for 30 years, said his grandson, Ryan Miner of Hagerstown. Scotty Miner was a member since childhood of Green Ridge Sportsmen Club, of which his father was a founding member.

Miner was on the hunting trip with one of his two sons, Daryl Miner, when another hunter found him around 11:40 a.m. Saturday in the area of Mertens Avenue in the state forest, which is between Flintstone, Md., and Paw Paw, W.Va., according to Sgt. Arthur Windemuth and Ryan Miner.

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"We are treating it as an unattended death. It does not appear to be a hunting accident and it does not appear to involve any foul play," Windemuth said.

Natural Resources Police are investigating the incident.

Robert Miner's body was taken to the chief medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy, Windemuth said.

Joyce Miner, 68, said she and Scotty Miner had been together for 50 years and married for the last 47.

They met when he played baseball with her brothers in a local league.

"He was handsome, very nice, very good-looking fella," Joyce Miner said.

"He had good manners, good morals. He didn't drink. He didn't smoke and he said maybe a couple bad words now and then, but he was a Christian," she said. "I loved him for that. He really helped me and my family."

He also liked to help others.

"He gives to every organization coming and going," Joyce Miner said. "That's Scotty. He wanted to give because, he said, 'They need it as much as we do. We've got full and plenty. Why not give to someone else?'"

Ryan Miner said his grandfather loved to golf, playing three or four times a week at Beaver Creek Country Club, of which he was a member.

"He could outplay me," said Ryan Miner, 24.

Scotty Miner also was active in church, attending Broadfording Bible Brethren Church, where he sang in the choir for many years, according to Miner's obituary and Ryan Miner.

Scotty Miner enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1960, serving much of that time with the 167th Airlift Wing of the West Virginia Air National Guard in Martinsburg, W.Va., according to Miner's obituary and Ryan Miner. A career military man, Miner retired as a chief master sergeant in 1997.

Ryan Miner said his grandfather loved history, reading and hunting.

"Most importantly, he loved my grandmother," Ryan Miner said.

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