Onondaga County Sheriffs located the body of a missing hunter Monday morning in Lysander after search efforts began Sunday evening.
Gary Jackson, 63, of Pennellville, entered the wooded area along Kellogg and Smokey Hollow roads around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Around 10 p.m. that evening, Jackson's family members notified the sheriff's department that Jackson had not returned from hunting. With assistance from Onondaga County Emergency Management & Rescue, Wilderness Search and Rescue and the New York State Forestry, sheriffs began searching the area around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Sheriff's Air-1 helicopter and bloodhound "Hero" also helped with the search.
The Sheriff's Air-1 flight crew discovered Jackson's body in a marsh located approximately a quarter-mile east of Route 48 and approximately 30 feet northeast of the CSX railroad tracks Monday morning.
Deputies reported that there were no signs of foul play; the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
Volunteers from the Baldwinsville, Belgium Cold Springs, Cody, Lysander, Pennellville, Phoenix and Volney fire departments were preparing to execute a ground search when Jackson's body was located.