By: Associated Press
November 28, 2017
ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say a hunter from Florida was fatally shot in Ohio on the first day of the state's deer hunting season.
Investigators say 62-year-old Randy Gozzard was found Monday afternoon in a heavily wooded area of Ashtabula County's Monroe Township. Fellow hunters searched for him after he failed to rejoin the group.
An investigation is ongoing, but authorities say it does not appear the man shot himself. An autopsy was planned.
Officials urge hunters to wear bright orange vests and hats. A Division of Wildlife law enforcement supervisor tells The Star-Beacon it wasn't immediately clear whether Gozzard was wearing gear.
A coroner's investigator told the newspaper that Gozzard was originally from Ashtabula County but lived in St. Petersburg, Florida.