Missing Ridgway resident Paul McElrea was located deceased the morning of Wednesday, July 7, according to information from the Ouray County Sheriff’s Office.

McElrea, 52, had last been seen leaving his home on July 5, aboard his vintage Moto Guzzi motorcycle. He was known to frequent Red Mountain Pass.

The Ridgway Marshal’s Office, Ouray County Sheriff’s Office, Ouray Mountain Rescue and others organized a coordinated search. The Ouray Mountain Rescue team located McElrea’s body at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

He was found off Ouray's County Road 3, a gravel road not always ideal for motorcycle travel, Ouray County Coroner Colleen Hollenbeck said. She said the cause and manner of death are pending.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. McElrea’s family and loved ones,” the marshal’s office said on its Facebook page.

This story has been updated.

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