Man looking for remote controlled plane found dead

June 14, 2011 9:11:58 AM PDT
The body of a Southeast Texas man has been located in a heavily wooded area where he ventured to look for a friend's remote-controlled airplane that crashed. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says searchers Tuesday morning found the body of 56-year-old Stephen Shoemaker of Port Arthur.

Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett has ordered an autopsy. Investigators told KFDM-TV that heat may have been a factor, with temperatures Monday topping 90 degrees.

Shoemaker's vehicle was found Monday night at the aircraft field near Nederland, about 10 hours after he told a fellow Labelle Fannett volunteer firefighter that he was going to check out a swampy area.

The remote-controlled plane, missing since Sunday, has not been located.

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