Washington man dies while mushroom hunting in Marshall County
SPARLAND — A Washington man died of a heart event while mushroom picking in Marshall County, authorities said.
Richard Simpson, 61, was found in a wooded area north of Hopewell Estates around 1:45 p.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Chief Sheriff Aaron Wilson and Coroner David Lenz Jr.
The family contacted the authorities at 12:06 p.m. Sunday to report that they hadn't heard from Simpson since Thursday, according to Wilson, when he left Washington to hunt morels in Marshall County.
The family had parked their truck at the entrance to Hopewell Estates along Illinois Route 29 in a spot frequently used by carpooling. After MPs searched the immediate area, a team was formed to widen the search and Simpson was soon found in the woods.
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Lenz estimated that the time of death was probably sometime between late Thursday and early Friday. No autopsy was performed, but cardiac cause could be determined by other factors, including medical history, he said.
No foul play was suspected.
This article originally appeared in the Journal Star: Washington man dies while picking mushrooms in Illinois
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