On Thursday, December 28, 2017, Deputies with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to 58 Cedar Hill Road in Leoma in reference to an unattended death. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a male victim, identified as Bruce Neal Coffeel (74) of Pleasant View, TN, deceased in a field near a wooded area.
The victim was visiting the area hunting and his hunting partners became concerned when Coffeel did not return at dark. They began a search for Coffeel and discovered him in said state. Coffeel was on an ATV at the time of the incident but the death does not appear to be related to an ATV crash. Investigators who responded to the scene have determined the death to be of natural causes. No foul play is suspected but an investigation will continue into the matter.