SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) — The coroner said a Spartanburg man died in an apparent deer hunting accident.

The victim is identified as Douglas E. Parton, 66, of Valley Street in Spartanburg by the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office. 

Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Parton was hunting Monday near Cowpens Clifton Road and Shady Acres Road.

A family member received a message from Parton’s phone around 6:10 p.m. Monday, Clevenger said. After Parton did not return later that evening, a family member searched for him and found him dead. 

Clevenger said Parton was hunting in a tree stand and apparently fell from the stand, which was about 32 feet high.

Parton was pronounced dead at 10 p.m. Monday.

Clevenger said an autopsy found that Parton received head injuries consistent with his fall from the tree stand.

His death has been ruled an accident.