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Body of missing mountain biker found in Danbury identified

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The missing mountain biker found dead Tuesday by search and rescue teams in Danbury has been identified as 56-year-old Steve Shafer, of Bethel.

Police say Shafer was reported missing around 10:30 p.m. after Monday’s thunderstorms.

Crews had been looking for Shafer in Farrington Woods, a heavily wooded park along the New York border, on the west side of the city. They found his body Tuesday morning just after 11 a.m. about three-quarters of a mile from the park entrance.

Fire officials say they were able to use a cellphone signal to find him.

Officials also say Shafer was an experienced cyclist who often rode his bike in the area.

Since Shafer never used his phone to call for help, authorities suspect he may have suffered a sudden medical emergency. They do not think his death is suspicious.

Investigators and the medical examiner are working to figure out a cause of death.

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