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NEWFANE – The apparent accidental death of a man found at the base of a tree under a stand he had set up in the tree for hunting in woods east of Coomer Road is under investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff James R. Voutour said late Monday that his dispatchers received a 911 call from a cell phone about 7:30 p.m. about a man having fallen from a tree outside Newfane.

The caller said the man had gone into the woods off Coomer Road to set up a tree stand for hunting but when he did not return home after several hours, two friends went to look for him and found him severely injured at the base of a tree and called 911.

Dispatchers used GPS tracking from the cell phone to direct sheriff’s deputies and firefighters from Miller Hose and Wrights Corners to the accident scene in the woods, the sheriff said.

The injured man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Although the incident appears accidental, it is being investigated by his Criminal Division, the sheriff said.

The name of the dead man is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin, the sheriff said.

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