Two St. Louis-area hunters drown

Monday, December 15, 2003

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Two St. Louis-area men have drowned in a northeast Missouri river during a weekend hunting trip.

The bodies of Ronald Koch of Arnold and his cousin, Ralph F. Crumby Jr. of Hillsboro, both 33, were discovered Sunday morning after their vehicle struck a bridge and overturned into the Fabius River in Marion County, the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported.

Marion County Coroner Peggy Porter said Monday the men's Suburban was almost completely submerged when a passer-by noticed it Sunday in the Fabius River between Hannibal and Palmyra and called authorities.

Porter said both men drowned, and no autopsies would be performed.

"The roads are bad up here," she said. "I'm sure they missed their turn."

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