ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A man who was last seen heading into the woods Monday afternoon on his all-terrain vehicle between Ramapo and Mahwah was found dead in the wooded area along the NY/NJ border of Stag Hill and Hillburn, Ramapo Police said early Tuesday morning.
Police said the man is a 62-year-old New Jersey resident, but did not release his name or hometown pending notification of next of kin.
The incident originally started as a search for a missing person who had an existing medical condition, said Sgt. Salomon Matos of the Ramapo Police Department. Matos said the man was last seen at 3 p.m. Tuesday heading to the woods for some recreational riding on his ATV.
Mahwah and Ramapo Police began the search from their respective sides of the border after pings of the man's cell phone showed him stationary, and calls to the cell phone went unanswered.
Due to the rugged terrain the N.J. Search & Rescue Unit, and the Hillburn Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the search by supplying trained personnel and ATVs to transport police and medical response teams.
Mahwah Police found the male first and reported his location. Ramapo Police and Rockland Paramedics then responded and the man was declared dead.
Ramapo detectives are currently investigating, and are being assisted by the Rockland County Sheriffs BCI unit, and the Rockland County Medical Examiners Investigations Unit.
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