Lake Charles man dies in hunting accident in Allen, foul play no - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Lake Charles man dies in hunting accident in Allen, foul play not suspected


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Enforcement Division agents are investigating a fatal hunting incident that took the life of a Lake Charles man in Allen Parish.

According to a news release from the department, the Reeves Police Department received a report on Thursday about a truck that had been parked on the side of Hwy. 190 near Rodeo Pen Road in Reeves for two to three days. The officers notified the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office (APSO).

A sheriff's office deputy reportedly found the truck and noticed a trail into the woods.

After walking the trail for approximately 100 yards, officials say the deputy found the body of Donald C. Hodge Sr., 60, shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday.

Officials say the deputy found Hodge under a tree with a lock-on type deer stand, lying next to him with what appeared to be broken straps that would normally secure the stand to the tree.

Authorities did not find a safety harness attached to Hodge or the tree.

Hodge's body was turned over to the Allen Parish Coroner's Office.

LDWF will be the lead investigative agency and do not suspect foul play.

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