PAWLET — A local man died after his all-terrain vehicle crashed in a wooded area off Route 30 on Thursday, according to the Vermont State Police.

Richard Morey, 72, of Pawlet, was reported missing Wednesday around 11:30 p.m. Police were told Morey had taken his ATV out for a ride earlier in the daytime and had not returned home.

Members of the Pawlet Fire Department arrived on scene with ATVs shortly after Morey was reported missing. Firefighters found Morey's body in the woods.

Preliminary investigation revealed Morey had taken his 2003 Arctic Cat ATV into the woods, lost control of the vehicle and rolled it down an embankment.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by Granville Rescue.

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