Cardiac arrest cited in death of mushroom hunter at Bay

A Rosebud man on a mushroom hunting outing with his brother last Wednesday died from an apparent sudden cardiac event, according to Gasconade County Coroner Benjamin Grosse.

Thomas L. Julius, 76, was pronounced dead at 5:04 p.m. May 2. He and his brother had been hunting with permission on private land near the Bay community since about 11 a.m. when he suffered the cardiac event later in the afternoon.

“They had been walking in the woods since around 11 a.m. and he had been having difficulty breathing and had to stop and rest quite a bit,” said Grosse. “He was sitting down on a log and went over backwards.”

Grosse said the man’s brother performed CPR on him and then had to walk about two miles to where they had parked to call for help. Gasconade County E-911 was notified of the situation at 4:15 p.m. and dispatched Hermann ambulance and Owensville firemen. The dispatch noted it took 30 minutes for the brother to walk to a nearby residence to call for help. The man reported “his partner was not breathing.”  

“I spoke with his doctor and he had no real medical issues or prior history of cardiac events,” said Grosse. “They were out mushroom hunting. His brother said that’s what he like to do.” 

Sheriff’s deputies and Owensville firemen used a UTV to access the scene in woods on a private drive off Little Bay Road, approximately a quarter mile off Route W.