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Crews Find Body of Missing Mushroom Picker

OLA, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say they have found the body of a Caldwell man who went missing after setting out Monday to hunt for mushrooms in the mountains in southwestern Idaho.

Search crews found the body of 38-year-old Brian Prtazner Thursday afternoon less than a quarter-mile from where he was last seen.

Gem County Sheriff Department Chief Deputy Donnie Wunder says the body was found in a mountainous area thick with vegetation. Authorities have not identified the cause of death.

But Pratzner's wife told authorities he set out to pick mushrooms without taking any food, water, survival gear or cell phone.

For two days, airplanes and dozens of people on the ground helped search the brushy, wooded mountains outside the tiny town of Ola.
      
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