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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Fruitland Park man found after disappearing during deer hunting trip

A 66-year-old Fruitland Park man has been reunited with his family after he disappeared during a deer hunting trip in Illinois.

A Silver Alert had been issued for Charles Egner who had last been seen Wednesday afternoon walking into the woods near Martinsville, Ill., which is located in eastern Illinois, across the border from Terre Haute, Ind.

Charles Egner, third from left, in rear, has been reunited with his family after disappearing during a deer hunting trip in Illinois.

The Silver Alert was canceled Saturday after Egner was found, according to an announcement from the Clark County Sheriff’s Department, which had used search-and rescue-teams, drones, an airplane, K-9 and blood hounds, thermal imaging and horses in its efforts to find Egner.

A man who was hunting up in Canada got an alert on his phone that his trail camera in Illinois had a picture of a man on it. That man happened to be Egner.

A mile east from the man’s cabin, Egner was found sitting on a log with his boots off eating a pile of acorns. A game warden walked up to Egner who asked, “Hey buddy, you got any water?”

Egner was taken to a local hospital and had suffered dehydration.

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