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FIRST ON 3: Search underway for missing hunter in Sequatchie Co.

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SEQUATCHIE COUNTY, TN (WRCB)- Search and rescue crews are looking for a hunter who went missing in Sequatchie County.

David Layne's family says he made a call from his cell phone on Daus Mountain, saying his ATV flipped and he was hurt. No one has seen or heard from him since.

Channel 3 was first on the scene of the search.

David Layne has been missing for about three days. His fiancee says he is badly hurt and there is one big clue that may lead to finding him.

"We just can't find him, we need help. We need people to come and help us, anybody that will," says Janice Franklin, David Layne's fiancee.

Franklin says she got a call from her fiance, 51-year-old David Layne Thursday afternoon. Earlier that morning he set out on Daus Mountain to go squirrel hunting.

At some point, his ATV got caught on a log and flipped.

"He said that he was hurt, and he'd had a four wheeler wreck and that the four wheeler was on top of him," says Janice.

He said he was having trouble breathing.

"He said my stomach, my ribs and my back is hurt. In his exact words, 'I'm hurt bad'."

She says they made several calls back and forth, that his speech was going in and out, and then, his phone died.

"He can't get to his water where he's pinned underneath his four wheeler. He don't even know where it's at," says Janice.

Ever since then around 50 people have taken to ATVs and searched the area by foot. Janice says before his phone died there was one major clue she got out of David as to his location.

He said he passed a brand new tree stand before the accident happened.

"If there's anybody that's got a new tree stand up here, in the mountain in a tree, please come and tell us and tell us where it was."

In the meantime, she is holding on to the hope of finding David alive.

"I love him, I love him so much and I just want him to come home. I just want him to come home," she says.

Several agencies are involved in this search. Sequatchie County EMA officials tell Channel 3 they are in the process of seeking state resources for this search.

Janice says authorities were unable to use David's cell phone to pin point his exact location because he never made a call to 911.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this developing story.

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