Mesa man dies after ATV wreck near Payson

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MESA, Ariz. -- A 49-year-old Mesa man died Monday after an ATV wreck north of Payson, according to the Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Whispering Pines Fire personnel and sheriff's deputies responded to the wreck in the area of Rim Trail at approximately 4 p.m.

Richard Melcher was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

Lt. Tim Scott with the sheriff's office said Melcher had experience riding an ATV.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but Scott said there were no indications that alcohol or drug use played a role in the wreck.