Missing Valdez motorcyclist found dead along highway

ANCHORAGE — A Valdez man reported missing last week has been found dead along the Richardson Highway.

Alaska State Troopers say the body of Christian Cumbie, 39, was found about 300 feet from a ditch near Mile 51 where his motorcycle left the roadway.

Family members reported Cumbie missing July 27. He was last seen the day before leaving The Hub convenience store in Glennallen.

Volunteer searchers found him early Sunday night.

Troopers said Cumbie was driving south and was unable to negotiate a sweeping left-hand curve.

His motorcycle ran off the road into a wooded area.

Troopers said speed likely was a factor in the crash.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

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