SKOWHEGAN — Game wardens and emergency medical personnel from the Skowhegan Fire Department recovered the body of a lone all terrain vehicle rider Sunday afternoon in a remote area of deep woods off East Ridge Road.

Sgt. Christopher Simmons said the rider, a local man in his 50s, had been missing for at least a couple of days. The body was recovered on a trail located off the unimproved Whittemore Hill Road, almost 2 miles from another gravel road called the Notch Road Extension about 7 miles from downtown Skowhegan.

Simmons said the man’s Polaris ATV appeared to have rolled over off the trail and down a steep embankment. The rider owns a camp in the woods off Whittemore Hill Road near the west side of Lake George, he said. The man’s name will not be released until all of his family members are notified of his death, Simmons said.

Simmons was uncertain of the nature of the man’s injuries. His body was brought down to the road by emergency medical personnel from the fire department. A Central Maine Emergency Response Team trailer was parked near the scene. State police and Skowhegan police also responded, as did a Skowhegan fire truck.

“It’s a very steep embankment he was coming down through. It’s a rough trail and it appears he might have hit a root. It’s probably an 8-foot embankment,” Simmons said, noting the trail is very well traveled. He said friends and family members had been looking for the man for at least a couple of days. They reported him missing and found his body a short while later Sunday morning. The initial call came in to the Somerset County Regional Communications Center at 10 a.m.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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