Hunter Dead After Fall in Town Of Murray

November 23, 2010 Updated Nov 23, 2010 at 8:15 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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Hunter Dead After Fall in Town Of Murray

November 23, 2010 Updated Nov 23, 2010 at 8:15 AM EDT

ORLEANS COUNTY, NY ( WKBW / release ) A Town Of Murry man is dead after an apparent fall Monday from a tree stand while deer hunting.

58 year old Michael J. Haffly left his residence at approximately 6:30a.m. on Monday to go deer hunting in an area off the 16700 block of Telegraph Road in the Town of Murray.

His wife called 911 when he failed to return home after dark.

Orleans County Sheriff's deputies and firefighters from four area departments ( Holley, Clarendon, Albion & Brockport ) began searching for the individual at approximately 9:00p.m. They were assisted by a Mercy Flight helicopter based in Batavia.

Ground search crews located the victim at approximately 10:26p.m. in an area several hundred yards north of Telegraph Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Orleans County Coroner Scott M. Schmidt and transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiners Office in Rochester for autopsy.

It appears that Haffly was installing an aluminum tree stand when he fell. Both he and the stand were lying on the ground at the base of the tree about 15 feet below the point where he had attempted the installation.

The investigation was conducted by Deputy T.C. Marano, assisted by Deputy En.N Fuller, Lieutenant R.E. Perry, and Investigator K.M. Strickland Jr. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police was notified of the incident.