Killer of Two Florida Deer Hunters Sought
A killer has been hunting human prey in a Florida forest, shooting two deer hunters in two weeks and robbing them before disappearing into the wild, officials said.
“Somebody is stalking people,” said Rocky Shearin, who owns a gun shop in Orange Park. “You are going to have to become wary of strangers.”
Authorities linked the two shotgun slayings last week and law enforcement agencies have joined forces to investigate.
“There are similarities at both scenes to indicate that it is the same person involved in both crimes,” Baker County Sheriff Murray Richardson said.
Don Hill, 63, of Orange Park was the first victim. He was hunting alone in the Osceola National Forest in Baker County near Olustee. Hill’s body was found Nov. 20.
Five days later, Gregory Allan Wood, 35, also of Orange Park and hunting alone, was found dead in the military reservation Camp Blanding in nearby Clay County.
Clay County Sheriff Scott Lancaster urged hunters to be on guard, suggesting outdoorsmen not go out alone. Deer hunting season in the two areas ends Jan. 9.