Mason County hunter found dead, no foul play expected

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search & rescue mission for a missing hunter, but found him deceased the next day.

On Monday, 10/21/13, around 9 AM, Owen Vrooman, a Mason County resident, was dropped off by a friend in the Mason Lake area in order to hunt. Owen was supposed to meet up with a friend in the Deer Creek area around 6:30 PM, but Owen never showed up. The Mason County Sheriff’s Office was called around 8:14 PM and began a Search & Rescue mission.

Over 6 search & rescue teams from three counties, along with K-9, searched for Owen. Mason County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Chaplains met with family members and a news media release was prepared to be published, but today, 10/22/13, around 9:45 AM, right before a news release was to go out, Owen Vrooman was found deceased.

Coroner Wes Stockwell was able to notify next-of-kin. Foul play is not suspected in any way, but an autopsy is scheduled to be performed tomorrow.

No other information is available at this time.