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The Eastern Gazette 10-27-1966, pp.1&4
DEXTER HUNTER IS KILLED ON LOFTY PERCH Maine's third hunting fatality was recorded when the body of a 30 year-old Dexter native was found Wednesday morning, dead from a gun shot wound. According to reports from local and state authorities, Duane H. Millett, had been driven to an area off the Dover Road by Roger Vigue, local cab driver, for an afternoon of deer hunting, sometime between 2 and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. It was understood by both men that Vigue was to return at 6 p.m. to return Millett to Dexter. Vigue told authorities that when he returned for Millett, the young hunter was not at the agreed spot. Vigue then returned to Dexter, but later that evening he did go back to the Owlsboro road area and still could not locate the hunter. At 10 p.m. Millett still did not appear and Vigue reported the absence of the hunter to Chief Harold B. Knox, who then went to the area. Chief Knox, thinking that perhaps Millett was lost, sounded the siren and horn of the cruiser, but when Millett did not respond Chief Knox reported the lost hunter to Game Warden Reginald Mossey. A search party was organized early Wednesday morning. Volunteers were waiting in the Dover Road area when Millett's body was sighted by Warden Pilot George Later from Greenville and Warden Norman Gilbert of Hartland while flying the State's float plane, some minutes after the search began. They radioed to the ground crew and circled the area until other authorities could arrive at the site, located near a vacant hunting camp on the Owlsboro Road. Deputy Sheriff Raymond Poulin said later the scene was about one and eight tenths miles from where Millett first entered the woods. Millett's body was found lying on the ground, 10 to 15 feet under a platform placed between two trees. A 30 caliber Stevens, bolt action rifle, with blood and pieces of Millett's red jacket attached to the muzzle, was found with a spent cartridge in the chamber, lying on the platform. Although it could not be determined whether Millett was descending or ascending the ladder-like affair nailed to one of the trees holding the platform, authorities said that Millett probably had placed the rifle against one of the trees and the rifle could have fallen and discharged the projectile that passed through Millett's back and chest. Dr. H. Lewis Taylor, Penobscot Medical Examiner, placed Millett's death some time in the late afternoon Tuesday. He said that the death was from an accidental gun shot wound. The body was removed to Bangor and the case was being investigated further, officials said. Millett, the son of Hollis and Ida (Stanhope) Millett, was born on Oct. 4, 1936. He was presently employed by Greyhound Bus Lines and was a former State Trooper. He had served two years in the Army after graduating from Dexter schools and was a member of Plymouth Lodge IOOF. He is survived by his parents, his wife Justine, three daughters, Melanie M., Tuesday M. and, April J., also his sister Sharon Mountain, a brother Galen, his grandmother, Mrs. Zenobia Stanhope and several aunts and uncles. Funeral services will be held Saturday in the Crosby Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m., the Rev. Gordon Parlin of the Methodist Church officiating. Friends may call at the Funeral Home, Thursday and Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.