A Marine died while deer hunting in the rural country of Pulaski County, Missouri when he fell into a sinkhole. Curtis Powelson, 31, was bowhunting near his home north of the Buckhorn area when the accident occurred.

He phoned his wife shortly before dusk to inform her that he had shot a deer and was going to track the animal. Powelson’s wife contacted the authorities when he failed to return home. Rescue workers began searching for Powelson around 10:00 p.m. Pulaski County Assistant Coroner Michael McCart told KSPR ABC that Powelson was discovered in a sinkhole were discovered at about 3:00 a.m.

“They just did a general grid search pattern and they came across the sinkhole and were able to shine lights down there and were able to find him at that point,” McCart said. The sinkhole was about 70 feet deep and believed to be fairly new, having opened only recently due to heavy rains.

“Myself, I’ve hunted out there since I was a kid, and the landowner himself had no idea this was out there,” McCart said of the sinkhole. “We had several firefighters and deputies that almost stepped into it themselves, just out there wandering around looking for him last night.

Powelson was an active duty U.S. Marine stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.