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Dead body found near Massachusetts hiking trails

March 4, 2019

SUNDERLAND, Mass. (AP) — Authorities are working to figure out how a man whose body was found in area of western Massachusetts popular with hikers died.

The body was found by two hikers on Mount Toby in Sunderland early Sunday afternoon.

The discovery led to a lengthy and complicated recovery effort because of the body’s remote location.

First responders had to use ATVs, snowmobiles and utility vehicles to get them and their equipment to the site. The recovery was complicated by rough terrain and snow-covered trails.

The body was recovered from the mountain at about 5 p.m.

Although classified as an unattended death, investigators processed the scene in case a crime occurred.

The identity of the body was not disclosed.