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UPDATE: Hunter found dead in Lincoln Co. drowned in river

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TOWN OF PINE RIVER, Wis. (WAOW) -

UPDATE: The Lincoln County Coroner said 76-year-old William Storm drowned in the Pine River Wednesday afternoon.

Storm was found dead in the woods outside his home after missing for nearly six hours.

Authorities said he was last seen Wednesday around 1 p.m. when he stopped home to grab waders. He was going to track deer in the Town of Pine River. A few hours later the hunter was reported missing.

"The wife knew wear he was hunting and where he was trying to get to this deer on the other side of the river," said Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Department Lt. Andy VanderWyst.

Several units from surrounding municipalities responded to help in the search. The crews used an "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle," or a drone, with an Infra-Red thermal imaging camera to locate the body.

With the help of the drone, the man's body was spotted in the Town of Pine River in less than an hour. The drone crew was able to relay information to ground searchers who found him at about 6:15 p.m.

"With the use of the UAV we were able to save the family anguish of countless hours wondering where their loved one was," said Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Department Lt. Tim Fischer.

The drone was funded through grants and will be used for crime scenes and search and rescue missions.

No other information is being released at this time.

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A missing hunter was found dead near Merrill Wednesday evening, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities said the 76-year-old man was last seen Wednesday at about 1 p.m. when he stopped at home to grab waders. He was going to track a deer in the Town of Pine River.

A few hours later the hunter was reported missing. Several units from surrounding municipalities responded to help in the search. The crews used an "Unmanned Aerial Vehicle," or a drone, with an Infra-Red thermal imaging camera to locate the body.

With the help of the drone, the man's body was spotted in the Town of Pine River in less than an hour. The drone crew was able to relay information to ground searchers who found him at about 6:15 p.m.

Authorities tell us this incident remains under investigation.

No other information is being released.

Stay with Newsline 9 as we learn more.

*This story has been corrected after the initial press release listed the missing man as a 73-year-old. William Storm was 76-years-old.

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