Sheep hunter found dead near Eureka

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Friends say it wasn't like Huey Farrell to not check in on his InReach satellite phone.

Farrell, age 42 of Wasilla, reportedly left to go sheep hunting on Aug. 7 and headed towards Eureka by himself. When he didn't check in by InReach or cell phone, friends started to get worried and reported it to MatCom Dispatch on Aug. 11, the day after the sheep hunt opens.

The next day, Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to Milepost 123.5 of the Glenn Highway and found Farrell's pickup truck without his four-wheeler in the bed.

The next day, AWT flew a Helo-4 on a search for seven to eight hours, but couldn't locate him. On Aug. 13, AWT renewed the search on four-wheelers until they ran out of daylight.

He was finally located on Aug. 14, when four friends joined the search. He was found deceased from an apparent ATV accident.

No foul play is suspected.

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