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Second missing hunter found dead

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Suspected cause of deaths is accidental drowning

The second of the two missing duck hunters has been found dead.

Larry Stokes, 57, of Somerset, was found at about 10 a.m. Sunday, 11 miles from where the men began hunting.

Liberty resident Harold Wethington, 77, was found on Saturday afternoon about 26 miles downstream from where he and Stokes were hunting. Wethington was pronounced dead at the scene by Green County Coroner Carol Ray.

Ronnie Dooley, public information officer for Campbellsville Fire & Rescue, said Ray has said Wethington died of accidental drowning. The cause of Stokes' death is also accidental drowning.

Rescue crews launched their boats back into Green River on Saturday morning to continue searching for Wethington and Stokes, who were reported missing Friday night.

The family of the two missing men found their boat just before midnight on Friday near the Roachville Ford Crossing area of Green River.

According to a Taylor County Emergency Management news release, the men launched their boat Friday morning at about 9 a.m. just below the tail-waters of Green River Like, seven miles south of Campbellsville off KY 55. They were expected to return around noon. When they didn’t, family members contacted the Campbellsville/Taylor County E-911 Center at 8:55 p.m.

Rescue crews found the men's vehicle still in the parking lot of the boat ramp, and the search began.

The report states that the men’s boat was found Friday at 11:48 p.m. about 14 miles downstream, near the Taylor and Green county line.

The search for the men continued until about 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Rescuers began searching again at about 7 a.m. They found Wethington about at 2 p.m. and halted the search at nightfall. The search for Stokes began Sunday morning and his body was found at about 10 a.m.

Capt. Chris Taylor of Campbellsville Fire & Rescue said family members say the men are very experienced hunters who are familiar with the area.

According to the report, as many as 50 rescuers are participating in the search, including those from Taylor, Green, Hart, County, Butler and Warren counties, Taylor County Sheriff's Office, Breeding Area Volunteer Fire Department, the Department of Fish & Wildlife and Kentucky State Police.

Read more about this story in Thursday's issue.