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Mike Vanderhoof


THURMAN — Police found the Kentucky motorcyclist who has been missing since last week dead Tuesday in a stream off a remote road in northern Warren County.

Robert M. “Mike” Vanderhoof, 69, was located Tuesday afternoon by a state Department of Environmental Conservation officer underneath his off-road motorcycle in an area off Dippikill Road. Police believe he had an accident as he negotiated a turn on the road, and an autopsy was to be conducted Wednesday to determine his cause of death. No foul play is suspected.

He had been in that area as part of a June 7 trail ride with fellow Americade participants, but no one in his group witnessed the crash. Vanderhoof and his bike were not readily visible from the lightly traveled road.

Vanderhoof had been the subject of a massive search since he was reported missing late last week. He had come to the area for the annual Americade Motorcycle Rally, as he has volunteered at the event for the last few years and has visited Americade at least six times over the years, according to State Police.

He was staying in a camper at Ledgeview Village RV Park on Route 149 in Queensbury, and had brought a Honda Africa on road/off road motorcycle that he used for trail riding while he was in town.

Vanderhoof was last seen at the RV park on Wednesday, and was believed to have left with his motorcycle for a ride.

Police determined he had planned to go for a trail ride with a group that day, but the off-road trip was anticipated to stretch over dozens of remote miles between northern Thurman and Stony Creek, leaving a huge, heavily wooded area to be searched.

State forest rangers coordinated a ground search that has involved State Police and Warren County sheriff’s officers on four-wheelers and a State Police helicopter to search from the air over into Tuesday.

Police said he left his cellphone in his camper, and there had been no activity on his bank or credit card accounts since he was last seen. He was a military veteran and experienced trail rider.

His family members came to the region to assist with the search in recent days.



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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