09/17/2013 04:50 pm ET Updated Sep 18, 2013

Curtis Powelson, U.S. Marine, Falls Into Missouri Sinkhole And Dies While Tracking Deer (UPDATED)

A sinkhole claimed the life of a U.S. Marine who was hunting deer in Missouri, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff Ron Long told KMBC that 31-year-old Curtis Powelson was tracking a wounded deer that he had shot with a bow when he fell into a 70-foot deep sinkhole on Monday evening. His body was recovered early Thursday morning.

Officials ruled the death accidental. On Tuesday, KY3 reported that the hunter was Curtis Powelson, a U.S. Marine stationed Fort Leonard Wood.

Update: 9/18, 8 a.m. -- KSPR reports that the land near where the sinkhole that killed Powelson opened up is "still being developed," and that many of the residents in the area are military families.

There have been many large sinkholes in the news this year, and other incidents involving them have proven fatal.

In an infamous sinkhole incident from earlier this year, a Florida man was swallowed in bed when a hole 20 feet wide and 20 feet deep opened up underneath his house. He was presumed dead after an exhaustive search.

Another sinkhole opened in the same town about a month later.



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