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Missing Lake Placid hunter found dead

NORTH ELBA — The missing Lake Placid man who headed into the woods hunting on Saturday has been found deceased, authorities said Wednesday afternoon.

Russ Beede, 63, was located by searchers at 2:30 p.m. The state police are now investigating cause of death, according to state Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman David Winchell.

Beede was last seen on Saturday, Nov. 26, by a neighbor and left his vehicle on the south edge of the Adirondack Loj Road.

He was believed to be hunting in an area where he was familiar with the terrain.

A team of 30-35 trained volunteers along with 15 Forest Rangers and seven members of the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team combed the woods searching for Beede, DEC Forest Ranger Lt. Brian Dubay said at a Nov. 30 news conference.

Dubay said searchers were conducting an “omni-directional search based on the last place he was believed to have been.”

Dubay said searchers were in the process of conducting “a Level 3 search,” which he described as very tight.

“We are going slow and we are being efficient,” Dubay said at the conference. “We know that the person may be unresponsive, and we also believe that he was wearing hunter’s camouflage. If you have seen some of the camouflage that hunters now have, it is some pretty impressive stuff.”

An hour after the news conference, Winchell released a statement saying Dubay had been found deceased.

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