78-year-old man found dead in woods in Hopkinton

Hopkinton police
Hopkinton Police Department

HOPKINTON, R.I. (WLNE) – A 78-year-old man was found dead in the woods in Hopkinton Friday evening.

State Police tell ABC6 the man went into the woods a little after 7 a.m. to look for mushrooms. Around 7:30 p.m., the family became concerned because they had not heard from him and called State Police.

Lt. Jason Lawton of the State Police told ABC6 that some family members went into the woods to look for the man. As police were responding to the scene, one family member found him dead.

Lt. Lawton said it appeared that the man was clearing a path in the brush to maneuver his ATV, when a large tree limb fell on his head.

The man’s identity has not been released.

The medical examiner is investigating.

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