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Body of missing hunter found in eastern Washington

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ST. JOHN, Wash. (AP) — The body of a missing hunter has been found in eastern Washington.

KHQ-TV reports (http://goo.gl/EQ4Vfd ) Scott Heinbigner of Odessa was found Wednesday afternoon. Authorities believe he died of exposure.

Authorities say Heinbigner was hunting birds with a friend near the Palouse River when his friend left for home Tuesday night, leaving Heinbigner a note to call him when he returned.

When Heinbigner didn’t call, the friend contacted the owner of the property where they were hunting and a search began Tuesday night.

Heinbigner was found Wednesday afternoon by search crews near Delong Road in St. John.

Rescuers say the man’s yellow lab was found with him, and refused to leave his side.