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Limestone County farmer Randy Hampton found the body of Athens resident Bobby D. Miller, 71, in Miller’s truck in Hampton’s pasture Wednesday. Coroner Mike West said Miller had been dead for four or five hours.
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Limestone County farmer Randy Hampton found the body of Athens resident Bobby D. Miller, 71, in Miller’s truck in Hampton’s pasture Wednesday. Coroner Mike West said Miller had been dead for four or five hours.

Farmer finds body in truck in pasture
Athens man in wrecked vehicle unnoticed for hours

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com · 340-2445

PINEY CHAPEL — A farmer discovered the body of an Athens man in a wrecked truck in his pasture Wednesday.

The truck and its occupant remained unnoticed until farmer Randy Hampton drove down Black Road about 4 p.m. and saw one of his fences torn down.

His pasture is in the Piney Chapel community northeast of Athens

“I was worried about my cattle getting out, so we stopped to fix the fence,” he said. “Then we noticed a pickup farther down the pasture.”

Inside the truck was driver, Bobby D. Miller, 71, of Elkton Road, Athens.

Limestone County Coroner Mike West said by the time Hampton found Miller, he had probably been dead four or five hours.

West said Miller did not have severe injuries, but suffered cuts and other injuries.

He said both Miller’s health problems and the wreck contributed to his death. Miller had a history of heart problems and diabetes, and suffered a stroke last year, West said.

Unfinished trip

“He left to go to a friend’s house around 10 or 11 that morning, but never made it,” West said.

Miller was a husband and father of two sons and a daughter. He retired from a plant in the North and moved here. He then retired from a Tony Moore car dealership in Decatur.

Spry Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

West said when responders arrived, Miller was slumped in his seat and did not have on a seat belt.

Miller apparently was traveling east on Black Road when his truck left the roadway and hit the first fence. Tracks indicated he drove through the pasture and hit a tree. The truck ricocheted off the tree and went down the north-to-south fence line and stopped on top of a debris pile behind a home at 24114 Black Road.

Troopers are investigating.

Hampton said, in the evening, his cattle usually come to the pasture where Miller wrecked to graze under the trees.

“Had we not found the torn fence, I don’t know when anyone would have seen the truck, and the cattle likely would have been out in the road and everywhere,” he said.

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