Authorities on Sunday identified the 16-year-old hunter who was found dead of a gunshot wound in his deer stand on the Iron Range over the weekend.
Corwin M. Johnson, of Aurora, Minn., was in the stand near the 5800 block of Stepetz Road 53 in White Township, about 5 miles southwest of his hometown, when someone from the teen’s hunting party found him dead late Saturday afternoon, according to the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office.
Johnson’s death initially was reported to authorities as “an accidental shooting,” a statement from the Sheriff’s Office read. A follow-up statement Sunday from the Sheriff’s Office said that “foul play is not suspected,” but yet another statement later Sunday reclassified the death as a suicide
Also in St. Louis County, a 64-year-old woman was hurt Saturday morning after falling 15 feet from a deer stand in Duluth. Beth Holst slipped and fell, calling for help for a possible broken leg. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital with noncritical injuries, the Sheriff’s Office said.