The body of a Jackson man who became the subject of a multi-state search was found Thursday night near Pine Creek Pass, about four miles west of Victor, Idaho.

Sam Collins, 63, was reported missing Monday after he didn’t return home from a motorcycle ride to Bear Lake, Idaho.

Authorities in Bear Lake and Teton County began an expansive search of the highways where they thought Collins had been riding. That turned up surveillance video that showed Collins at a gas station at 4:30 p.m. Monday in Afton.

The search was then narrowed to Lincoln County highways, Teton Pass and Pine Creek Pass in Idaho, where Collins and his wrecked motorcycle were discovered.

Air Idaho spotted the wreckage at 5:50 p.m. Thursday near mile marker 11, near the Teton County, Idaho, line.

Collins was traveling northbound on a 2017 KTM motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve and went off the right shoulder and overturned, according to Idaho State Police.

“Collins succumbed to his injuries at the time of the crash,” a press release said.

Collins was wearing a helmet and riding gear, police said.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066, or @JHNGcourts.

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Jeff Larson

Did someone leave flowers at the scene like with the moose?

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