Sweet Home man found dead in Quartzville area

Linn County search crews found a Sweet Home man dead Sunday afternoon after an overnight search for him in the Quartzville area.

Ricky Dean Hurse, 53, was picking mushrooms Saturday approximately three miles from Quartzville Road, near the 600 line, Sheriff Tim Mueller said.

His girlfriend reported him overdue at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday when he failed to return home.

Deputies, members of the Linn County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Mounted Posse responded to the area and searched throughout the night and on Sunday.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., a Mounted Posse member on horseback found Hurse’s body about 200 yards from his pickup.

The cause of death is undetermined, Mueller said. An autopsy will be performed.

Hurse’s body was transported to the Sweet Home Funeral Chapel.

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