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New Information on horseback rider found dead

The Pulaski County Coroner says preliminary autopsy results show no signs of foul play in the death of a horseback rider whose body was found hours after his horse came back without him.

A family member found 50-year-old Russell Taylor's body Thursday morning after a search all night Wednesday failed to turn up any sign of Taylor.

He had gone horseback riding with a friend, just off Stephens Road in southern Pulaski County, when the friend said the two became separated. A while later Russell Taylor’s horse returned without him.

The coroner says the autopsy shows Taylor's injuries are consistent with a fall. They have not released an official cause or manor of death yet, as they're still waiting on toxicology reports to see if alcohol may have played a factor in Taylor's death.

On Wednesday the coroner told 27 NEWSFIRST Taylor had some respiratory issues. His family and friends say Taylor was an experienced horseman, and that he knew the terrain very well.


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