Lee County authorities are investigating what appears to be an accidental hunting death in the Beulah community.
According to authorities, 51-year-old Edward Allen Martin Jr. was found dead around 7:40 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of Lee Road 263.
Martin had gone hunting on his land earlier in the afternoon and when he he did not return at dark, family members went looking for him and found him unresponsive on the ground below his tree stand, According to a Lee County Coroner’s press release. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Coroner’s office, it appeared that Martin fell about 18 to 20 feet to the ground, but it is unclear whether his death was caused by the fall or a medical event that caused him to fall. His body has been transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences medical examiner’s office in Montgomery for a postmortem examination.
No foul play is expected.