Missing Skydiver Found Dead Days After Jump

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ROSHARON, Texas -- Authorities say that a missing skydiver thought to have gone home after not returning from a jump was found dead two days after his parachute apparently failed to open.

A Brazoria County sheriff's official says that 35-year-old Scott Bell was found Friday in an overgrown field about a mile from the Skydive Spaceland hangar where he worked. The maintenance worker had jumped Wednesday.

Bell lived in a trailer on the company's property. The sheriff's official says that co-workers didn't find it unusual when they didn't see Bell following the jump. On the last jump of the day, a lot of guys just go home.

An attorney for Skydive Spaceland says that the search for Bell began yesterday after a pilot spotted what appeared to be a canopy in the field, He says Bell's chute apparently failed to open and the backup malfunctioned, he said.

Rosharon is about 35 miles south of Houston.