October 24, 2018
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North Carolina man killed in snowmobile rollover

Contributed Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife | BDN
Contributed Maine Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife | BDN
Members of the Maine Warden Service Forensic Mapping Team documenting the scene of a snowmobile accident early Wednesday morning near Rockwood that left one man dead.

A North Carolina man was found dead early Wednesday morning in the woods near Moosehead Lake after his snowmobile rolled on top of him, authorities believe.

Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, police found the body of 55-year-old Willard L. Hartsock, of Old Fort, N.C., according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Officials believe Hartsock approached a wet area of the Interconnected Trail System on his snowmobile, stopped, and put it in reverse. While in reverse, the snowmobile rolled on top of him.

Hartsock had been staying at a rental property on Lake Street in Rockwood, on Moosehead Lake. He had recently purchased a new 2017 Ski-Doo 900 Expedition ACE snowmobile and had been seen operating it in the area.

When Hartsock didn’t return to the rental property on Tuesday evening, his family notified police around 9 p.m.

Game wardens and police searched nearby snowmobile trails and found Hartsock’s body just hours later.

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