Nottoway tragedy under investigation

The third week-end of bow season ended tragically in Nottoway County, where a hunter was found dead Sunday night after falling from the platform of his tree stand.

Officer Kevin Webb of the state Dept. of Wildlife Resources identified the victim as 51-year-old Terris “Teddy” Lefferts, Jr. of Dillwyn.

Nottoway Sheriff’s Office was called at 7:44 p.m. and dispatched EMTs to 1520 Paulette Lane. Family members, who were concerned that Lefferts hadn’t returned from his hunt after sunset, had discovered him on the ground unresponsive.

Officer Webb said the hunter’s bow also was on the ground. Lefferts was pronounced dead at the scene and his body transported to the state Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.

Officer Webb said it’s too early to tell if Lefferts suffered a medical emergency that led to the fall, or if -- as is often the case in such accidents -- he fell while climbing down.

“At this point in the investigation, I don’t know exactly what caused the fall,” Webb said.

Webb described the stand as a commercially-built metal ladder stand and that the platform from which Lefferts fell was 15 feet above the ground.

Webb said the top of the stand had shifted, but he doesn’t know if that caused the fall or was the result of Lefferts falling.

Lefferts, a father of two teenage children, was hunting on the property of his uncle, Leonard Lefferts, Jr., in a wooded area several hundred yards behind the residence alongside a pipeline right-of-way.

Webb said Lefferts wasn’t wearing a body safety harness and that the department strongly encourages their use while climbing in and out of tree stands.

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