SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. -- A farmer in Southeast Spokane was found dead early Tuesday morning by Air 1 and a Search and Rescue team.
Authorities said the 68-year-old man left his home Monday around 4 p.m. on his ATV to work on his property. When he didn’t return, several family members and neighbors searched the area southeast of Fairfield. They were not able to find him.
The family called the Sheriff’s office around midnight. When deputies arrived they contacted the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue coordinator. Air 1 and multiple volunteers responded to help with the search.
The team searched the area until 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Deputies were able to narrow down the search area and by that time Air 1 found the victim in a heavily wooded area at about 6:45 a.m.
The pilot was able to safely land near the body. Deputies and SAR volunteers confirmed the victim had driven over an embankment on his ATV and was dead.
Medical personnel transported the victim to the hospital where an autopsy will be completed.
Officials do not believe there was any foul play in the victim’s death. It is believed the man’s death was an accident.