Rhode Island State Police identify man whose body was found in Hopkinton woods

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Hopkinton Police Department

HOPKINTON, R.I. (WLNE)- The Rhode Island State Police have identified the man whose body was found on Friday in the woods in Hopkinton.

State police said that 77-year-old John Czerkiewicz of Hopkinton was found at about 7:30 p.m.

Czerkiewicz had told his family that he was going into the woods to look for mushrooms at around 7 a.m. They became concerned after not hearing from him for several hours and went to look for him.

A family member had found the dead body just as authorities arrived at the scene.

State police said that it appear as if Czerkiewicz had been clearing a path in the brush to maneuver his ATV, when a large tree branch fell on his head.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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