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North Dakota motorcyclist found dead after Otter Tail County chase

During the pursuit, the motorcyclist left Interstate 94 and went south toward Fergus Falls on Otter Tail County Highway 88, the sheriff's office said. Deputies lost sight of him and ended the chase soon after he turned onto County Highway 88.

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — A motorcyclist who fled from Otter Tail County sheriff's deputies was found dead along a highway the morning after the pursuit, according to the sheriff's office.

The motorcyclist was a 34-year-old man from Hazen, North Dakota. Authorities have not yet released his name.

At about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, sheriff's deputies began pursuing a speeding motorcycle on Interstate 94 near the junction with U.S. Highway 59, the sheriff's office said.

The motorcyclist left I-94 and went south toward Fergus Falls on County Highway 88.

Deputies lost sight of him and ended the chase soon after he turned onto County Highway 88.

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"A search of the area was conducted after the pursuit was terminated and the motorcycle was not located," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

At about 8 a.m. Friday, the sheriff's office received a call about a motorcycle crash on County Highway 88 near 180th Avenue. Officers who responded to that call found the motorcyclist dead, the sheriff's office said.

The motorcycle, a 2007 Kawasaki, was eastbound on County Highway 88 when it left the road and crashed, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet.

"Preliminary findings indicate speed as a possible factor that contributed to the crash," the patrol said in a statement, noting that road conditions were wet at the time.

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating the crash, and the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office is investigating the chase.

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