A bizarre accident killed a deer hunter while he was walking in a wooded area in rural Pulaski County. He was Curtis Powelson, 31, a Marine stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.
The incident occurred Monday evening while Powelson was bow hunting near his home off Red Oak Lane north of the Buckhorn area.
Around dusk, Powelson told his wife that he just shot a deer and was returning to the woods to try to track the animal. When he failed to return home, his wife reported him missing to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.
Powelson stumbled into a sinkhole about seventy feet deep. “It’s just a horrible accident,” says McCart.
Sinkholes are common after rain events which makes them “pop”, collapsing the surface material into the void below. The opening was already there but investigators think that due to the foliage and low light conditions, he likely did not even see it. Rescue crews worked to find him beginning at 10PM and were fortunate not to fall into the hole themselves. A firefighter rapelled into the hole (very dangerous due to continued collapse) to bring his body out in the early morning hours.
As an aside, I will point out that sinkholes happen ALL THE TIME, in places where there is limestone bedrock. They are a known hazard in certain areas and are exacerbated by human activity, rain and changing groundwater levels. They are NOT indicative of some coming global catastrophe or the earth deliberately trying to kill us. As we see with shark attacks, when one tragic story gets in the news, a similar tragedy will also make it to the media attention as we are looking for it. That creates what appears to be a pattern but it’s manufactured, a byproduct of us LOOKING for such anomalies. The current paranoia trend of looking for signals of end times is causing these perfectly natural causes to look unnatural. But they are just horribly unfortunate accidents.