AMITY, Maine — Speed and operator error were factors in an ATV crash that took the life of an Amity man over the weekend, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Mark Howell, 47, was found dead about 8 a.m. Saturday by wardens who had been out searching for him since shortly after his wife reported him missing about 2 a.m.
Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said Tuesday that Howell had gone out hunting about 1:30 p.m. Friday on the ATV.
He was wearing hunting clothes and had hunting gear with him.
Turcotte said Howell last spoke to one of his children between 5 and 6 p.m. Friday.
He was reported missing by his wife when he did not return home.
Wardens located Howell off Estabrook Road in Amity. He was not wearing a helmet when he crashed into trees, according to Turcotte. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“As is routine in any [fatality], there was a test done to determine if alcohol was a factor,” Turcotte said Tuesday. “We will not have those test results back for a few weeks.”
Warden Sgt. Durwood Humphrey investigated the accident.