Clipped From Indiana Gazette
Blairsville teen found dead by searchers By RANDY WELLS Gazette Staff Writer BLAIRSVILLE — A 20-hour search by dozens of firemen, police officers and volunteers for a missing teenage hunter ended Thursday afternoon with the grim discovery of the body of 16-year-old Timothy Michael Adair, about half-a-mile from his Blairsville home. (See photo on page 4.) Indiana County coroner Tom Streams said Adair's body was found about 2 p.m. Thursday not far from the Route 217 bridge over the Conemaugh River, where he had apparently been hunting deer from a tree stand. Following an autopsy at the Indiana Hospital this morning, Streams said the young man died of a single gunshot wound to the lower abdomen, and added the wound was considered accidental and self-inflicted. Streams placed the time of death as approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday. Streams said a ballistics test will be needed to positively establish that the fatal shot came from Adair's own rifle, but he added one spent cartridge was found in the chamber of Adair's 30-30 caliber lever-action rifle. Three unfired rounds remained in the rifle's magazine. Also involved in the continuing investigation are officers from the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the state police Records and Identification section in Greensburg. Adair, the son of William and Faith Adair of 350 First Ave., Blairsville, was a sophomore at Blairsville Senior High School. He had left home dressed in his blaze-orange hunting clothes about 7:30 Wednesday morning, and when he did not return at nightfall, he was reported missing. Volunteer firemen, state police, search teams with dogs and volunteers endured sub-zero wind chills Wednesday night and scoured both sides of the Conemaugh River near Blairsville. They continued their search at dawn Thursday. The Red Cross and Salvation Army assisted searchers by serving food provided by the McDonalds restaurants in Indiana.