Hunter falls to his death near Midland

An accident has claimed the life of a Midland County hunter.

The Midland County Sheriff says it happened sometime on Tuesday in rural Lee Township between 5:30 am and when the victim was found at 9:41 pm. 52 year old Edward Planer of Lee Township went to go hunting on state land along West Olsen early Tuesday morning. He never came back.

Searchers found his body under his tree stand. It was about 30 feet into the air. Initial reports indicate he fell from the stand. An autopsy is expected to show the exact cause of death.

Lee Township Fire and Rescue and Mid Michigan Medical Center EMS helped with the investigation.