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Two Sparta men dead in separate incidents

Investigators are looking into the deaths of both men.
Investigators are looking into the deaths of both men.

Police are working to learn more about the unrelated deaths of two Sparta men on Sunday.

Sparta police are investigating whether the shooting death of a 24-year-old man early Sunday morning was homicide or suicide.

According to Sparta Police Chief Sean Lukes, officers responded to 140 W. Broadway St. shortly after 2 a.m. after they received a call that someone had been shot. When they arrived, Josh Young, 24, was dead of a single gunshot to the head. Lukes said the 911 call came from a man who said he was Young’s roommate.

Young was pronounced dead at 2:15 a.m., according to Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel.

Dudenbostel said an autopsy on Young was completed Monday, but there was “no determination” yet whether the gunshot was self-inflicted.

Lukes said police “are interviewing some folks to determine exactly what happened.”

GUEST BOOK: Josh Young

Then, shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday, police and emergency medical technicians were dispatched to Peabody Energy’s Gateway Mine at 13101 Ziegler 11 Road near Coulterville after a miner was found unresponsive in the mine.

Glen Campbell, 59, of rural Sparta, was pronounced dead at 8:56 p.m. Sunday.

Dudenbostel said Campbell was about two and a half miles inside the mine when his tracking device indicated he wasn’t moving. A coworker found him unresponsive. Campbell was brought to the surface of the mine, where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy on Campbell also was conducted Monday, but those results were not released because an investigation by Peabody Energy as well as by federal investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Department of Labor remains ongoing.

GUEST BOOK: Glen Campbell

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Contact reporter Tobias Wall at or 618-239-2501. Follow him on Twitter: @Wall_BND.