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Jason Cantrall

Hunter found dead in Klamath National Forest

After searching for close to a week, rescuers located the body Friday of a Northern California man who went missing in a remote area of the Klamath National Forest during a hunting expedition.

Jason Cantrall, 46, of Crescent City, California, was found about 1:15 p.m. Friday by Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue personnel during a search through the Beaver Creek area in Northern California, according to a release issued Friday evening by the sheriff’s office.

Cantrall had last been seen alive the evening of Sept. 30, in the wooded area roughly 39 miles northwest of Yreka.

A California Air National Guard helicopter crew observed his body from the air, according to the sheriff’s office, and a para-rescue jumper parachuted to the scene in an attempt to render aid prior to pronouncing Cantrall dead.

There were no obvious signs of injury on Cantrall’s body, but the cause of death remains under investigation. The sheriff’s release said Cantrall had medical conditions, and fliers distributed by the sheriff’s office earlier this week described him as an insulin-dependent diabetic.

Cantrall was last seen alive the evening of Sept. 30 while hunting with a female companion who reported him missing, according to the sheriff’s office.

The search drew help from at least five counties — including Jackson County — through the California-Oregon Search and Rescue organization. Other resources involved in the search for Cantrall included a California Highway Patrol helicopter, and help from Bay Area Mountain Rescue, California Rescue Dog Association, the U.S. Forest Service and roughly 20 family members and friends of Cantrall’s.

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