SKOWHEGAN — Game wardens on Monday identified the man whose body was found Sunday morning off a remote trail in Skowhegan as that of Gary Lisherness, 56, of Madison.

Lt. Dan Scott of the Maine Warden Service said Lisherness died in an apparent all-terrain vehicle crash. It appeared he lost control and rolled over into a ravine with the ATV landing on top of him, Scott said.

Game wardens and emergency medical personnel from the Skowhegan Fire Department recovered the body Sunday in a remote area of deep woods near Whittemore Hill Road, an unimproved road off what is known as the Notch Road Extension off East Ridge Road in Skowhegan.

Lisherness’ son, Matthew Lisherness, said in a Facebook post that his father “brought that childhood feeling of thinking that there was nothing that could stop your dad all the way through my adulthood.

“I could have sworn the man was indestructible,” his son wrote. “Gary Lisherness was a real man. He was an old school kinda guy that are far too rare these days. I would consider my life a success if, when my time comes, I feel in my heart, at my very last moment, that I was half the man he was.”

Family members last heard from Lisherness late Thursday night, Scott said by phone Monday. Scott added that it was not unusual for a person going to a remote hunting camp, such as Lisherness, to be out of contact for a couple of days.


“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 eight-foot embankment,” Sgt. Christopher Simmons of the Warden Service said near the scene Sunday afternoon.

He said friends and family members 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.

The incident remains under investigation by the Maine Warden Service. They were assisted at the scene by the Skowhegan Police Department, Skowhegan Fire Department, Maine State Police and Redington-Fairview General Hospital Ambulance, according to a news release.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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