EMILY-The Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a possible snowmobile crash Wednesday afternoon in the area of Emily and found a 52-year-old Crosslake man dead.

The possible snowmobile crash was on a snowmobile trail near Ruth Lake, north of the city of Emily, at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, according to Capt. Scott Goddard.

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"Two snowmobilers were traveling together when the first one noticed that his companion was no longer behind him, so he went back down the trail and found him," Goddard said.

"It's undetermined exactly what happened so far. We're not sure if it was a medical issue or exactly what took place-just that the snowmobile did not appear to be damaged and then once first responders arrived, he was pronounced dead."

The deceased's name was withheld pending notification of next-of-kin, according to Goddard.

"We're still investigating it. Obviously, we're transporting the deceased down to the (Ramsey County) Medical Examiner's office, and we will be working with them," Goddard said Wednesday evening.

Brainerd had close to 8 inches of snow during the first snowfall Feb. 22-23, followed by another 5.3 inches Saturday night into Sunday morning.

"We've seen a great uptick in snowmobile traffic over the last week with this fresh snow and looking at the weather it looks like that could continue, so we always urge people to ride responsibly, ride safely, wear their helmets, wear their protective gear," Goddard said.

"At this time, it's undetermined how those factors played into his death."