|Birth: ||Jan. 17, 1996|
|Death: ||Oct. 14, 2010|
Collin Fletcher, 14, of Morenci, Mich., died Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010, in Fairfield Township, Mich.
He was born Jan. 17, 1996, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Duane and Kelly (Williams) Fletcher.
Collin lived in the Morenci area all of his life and was an eighth grader at Morenci Middle School. He was a boy that always wore a smile and never got angry. He enjoyed sports and was an avid hunter.
Survivors include his parents; two sisters, Chelsey and Courtney, at home; a brother, Trevor, at home; grandparents, Charles Fletcher of Harrison, Mich., and Jr. and JoAnn Williams of Wauseon, Ohio.
Collin was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Fletcher.
A graveside service is planned at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. A celebration of Collin's life will follow the graveside service at 2:30 p.m. at the Morenci Area High School gymnasium, with Rev. Jim Yatzek officiating. Visitation is scheduled from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Morenci Bible Fellowship Church.
Memorial contributions are suggested to a fund set up at the Morenci branch of United Bank & Trust.
Funeral arrangements were made through the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.
Police have ended their search for a 14 year old boy reported missing yesterday. Colin Fletcher was found dead at approximately 8:00 AM. Police say he was shot in the abdomen. The shooting appears to be accidental, but the investigation is ongoing. He was found by two of his friends on Terry Highway, approximately a quarter mile from his home.
Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh said it appears that Fletcher accidently shot himself, then tried to make it home. His gun was found at a separate location.
Fletcher was reported missing when he failed to show up for football practice Thursday afternoon. Morenci Area Schools did not have classes Thursday and the boy told his parents he was going hunting. He was last seen at approximately 11:30 AM Thursday. His father reported him missing at 7:23 PM.
Choppers from the Monroe County Sheriff's Office and ProMedica searched throughout the night. Sheriff's deputies, the Fairfield Fire Department, and volunteers also searched on foot for the missing boy.
******Toledo Blade Oct 15, 2010**************
A teen hunter who had been missing since Thursday is believed to have died when his gun accidentally discharged, according to Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh.
The body of Collin Fletcher, 14, was discovered shortly before 8 a.m. Friday in brush off of Terry Highway, about a quarter mile north of his family's home in Fairfield Township west of Weston, Mich., the sheriff said.
Lenawee County Sheriff Cpl. Jeff Paterson, left, and Lt. Jeff Ewald walk down Terry Highway, in front of the home of Collin Fletcher, whose body was found in a wooded area not too far from his home in Fairfield Township, Mich.
The sad discovery was made after a full-fledged search had been conducted through the night by more than 100 volunteers after the eighth grader failed to return home after setting out about 11:30 a.m. Thursday to go hunting, Sheriff Welch said.
The sheriff said young Fletcher was an experienced hunter who had followed safety protocol by telling his family the area in which he would be hunting.
"From all indications," the sheriff said, the teen's death was accidental. He had been shot once in the stomach.
Weston is about 30 miles west of Toledo, just over the state line.
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