On Saturday October 28th at approximately 10:00pm, deputies received a call for service requesting a well-being check on a person from Palm Beach County who had been hunting in our county. It was learned that the hunter was a deputy sheriff with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy’s wife contacted CCSO after she was unable to contact him.
During the course of the investigation, our watch commander coordinated search efforts with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and relayed our efforts to the on-duty watch commander with Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Various assets were deployed to assist in the search, including a drone from our agency and a helicopter from FWC. A search area was narrowed down based on cell phone data and locating a hunting stand believed to belong to the deputy. The deputy’s truck was later discovered in the area of Benton Tower. Deputies and FWC searched that area and discovered the deputy deceased from an apparent medical emergency. There were no signs of foul play.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with this deputy’s family and co-workers,” said Sheriff Mark Hunter. “I am proud of our deputies for partnering with other agencies and utilizing the resources available to them. They did not hesitate to exhaust every measure to find this individual so quickly and bring this family some closure.”