57-year-old man dies while riding dirt bikes with family in rural Pozo

A 57-year-old man died Sunday after being separated from his family members while riding dirt bikes in rural Pozo, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Joseph Dean Echavarria of Goleta had been riding dirt bikes with two family members when he became separated from them, according to the release.

After receiving a 911 call about the missing biker around noon, sheriff’s deputies, Cal Fire and a CHP helicopter responded to the Turkey Flats area, near East Pozo Road and Queen Bee Road. When crews located Echavarria’s body, they discovered he was deceased.

A coroner was brought in to assess the situation. The death appears to be from natural causes and not suspicious, the release said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

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