A Washington man who never returned from an all-terrain vehicle ride in the Southeast Alaska community of Thorne Bay has been found dead in an apparent wreck, Alaska State Troopers said.

A search for 28-year-old Chris Cahoon began at about 4:20 p.m. Sunday, troopers said in an online dispatch, after he was reported overdue.

 “Cahoon reportedly left a residence on a four-wheeler from the Goose Creek subdivision in Thorne Bay,” troopers wrote. “His direction of travel and planned destination were unknown. A search of the road system was done by the local [village public safety officer] until dark but Cahoon was unable to be located.”

Word reached troopers shortly after 8 a.m. Monday that Cahoon’s body had been found.

“It appears that Cahoon was traveling at a high rate of speed when he left the roadway and crashed into a tree,” troopers wrote. “The ATV caught fire.”

Cahoon’s next of kin have been notified, troopers said.

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