Missing hunter’s body found Wednesday morning

CARTER COUNTY, Mo. (KBSI) – A hunter who was reported missing Sunday evening has been found.

The body of 58-year-old Phillip Carnell was located Wednesday morning in Carter County, Mo.

Carnell, of Sikeston, Mo., was deer hunting in Ozark National Scenic Riverways (ONSR), near Cave Spring in Carter County.

Carnell was dropped off at his hunting spot on the morning of November 13 by a friend. When he failed to return from hunting later in the day and could not be located by family and friends, he was reported missing. Emergency responders began scouring the area for Carnell that evening.

After more than two days of intense searching, volunteers on horseback discovered Carnell’s body on a small island in a slough on November 16.

It is suspected that he became lost and crossed the slough onto the island while tracking a deer. The condition of the body is consistent with death caused by hypothermia and exposure. An investigation is ongoing.

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