It was a rainy night and friends said they did not want Bruce Mollet out on the road.
"The person who he borrowed the four wheeler from was staying around his house waiting for him to come back and he never came back and so they got worried and called in saying that it was unlike him to disappear for that amount of time," said Deputy officer Daniel Muncy from the Martin County Sheriff’s Office.
The family said Mollet went missing early Friday morning. They searched the Tomahawk area and reported him missing the next day. Family members found his body in an embankment Saturday afternoon.
"It appears that he had be traveling from the Stafford community back towards Inez on Route 40, missing a curve and went over the embankment," said
coroner, Joseph Mullins. Martin County
"When he went over the embankment he has hit a log that had fallen and has evidently went airborne after hitting the log," added Mullins.
The coroner pronounced the 46-year-old dead at the scene from blunt force trauma to the head and abdomen.
Police say Mollet was not wearing a helmet on the ATV. Toxicology reports are pending.