A Bath woman missing for more than a week was found dead Saturday in a hunting blind in the woods off County Route 14 in the Town of Bath.
BATH | A Bath woman missing for more than a week was found dead Saturday in a hunting blind in the woods off County Route 14 in the Town of Bath.
Bobbie Jo Margeson-Hatter, 40, was found by hikers Saturday morning. She was lying face-down inside a free-standing hunting blind about 15 feet off the ground, according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. The call came into the Steuben County 911 Center at 10:18 a.m.
Authorities did not say what they suspect caused Margeson-Hatter’s death.
The hunting blind where she was found was located in a clearing approximately a quarter-mile from County Route 14.
Medical personnel arriving on the scene found Hatter to be unresponsive, and called for the Steuben County Coroner’s Office. Coroner Steven Copp pronounced Margeson-Hatter dead at 11:30 a.m.
Margeson-Hatter’s body was removed from the scene Saturday afternoon and taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester.
Deputies and New York State Police were at the scene, including criminal investigators from both agencies. A joint investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and state police is ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding Margeson-Hatter’s death.
Authorities say they plan to release more information once the preliminary autopsy findings come back from the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Margeson-Hatter, who lived on Chamberlain Road in the Town of Bath, was reported missing to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at 6:45 p.m. on March 19 by a family member. She was last seen walking down Chamberlain Road toward County Route 14 earlier that day, and had reportedly appeared confused and disoriented.
Deputies, state police, state forest rangers, canine units, family and friends, and multiple volunteer organizations had been searching the area for Margeson-Hatter since she disappeared. A coordinated ground search led by forest rangers on March 21 was also unsuccessful.
The Sheriff’s Office continued to follow up on leads and possible sightings this week.
Family and friends held a candlelight vigil on Wednesday evening in Pulteney Park in the Village of Bath.
Margeson-Hatter’s sister, Billie Jo Hitt, told The Leader that Margeson-Hatter had been through tremendous difficulties in her personal life in the past year.
Authorities are asking anyone with information about Margeson-Hatter’s whereabouts or activities since March 19 to call Inv. McDaniels at the Sheriff’s Office at 622-3911 or Inv. Wood at the Bath state police barracks at 776-6866.
Bath Ambulance, Advance Life Support, the Avoca Fire Department, and the Kanona Fire Department assisted at the scene Saturday.