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Motorcyle rider's body found in ditch off Highway 140

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the death of a motorcycle rider whose body was found this morning at the bottom of a ditch off Highway 140 near Catheys Valley west of Mariposa.

The rider is believed to have lost control of the motorcycle and was thrown off the vehicle. The body was discovered when a passer-by found the motorcycle on the side of the road shortly before 6 a.m. today and notified the CHP.