A Pulaski County man was found dead Thursday morning in the Bend of the Lakes area.
Pulaski County Sheriff Todd Wood said family members found Russel A. Taylor's body 15 to 20 feet off an embankment about half a mile from his home on Sierra Drive about 8 a.m.
Taylor, 50, had been missing since Wednesday afternoon when he and his neighbor Kenneth Roberts had gone horseback riding near their homes.
Roberts told police they had been riding since about 3:30 Wednesday afternoon, and after splitting up later in the day, Roberts came across Taylor's horse standing by itself. Wood said he was told it was not uncommon for the men to take different trails when they rode together.
After yelling for Taylor, Roberts walked the horse back to Taylor's house to tie him up and talk to Taylor's wife, Wood said.
Police, Roberts and the family searched for Taylor until just after midnight, when Wood said they had to stop the search because of rain and darkness.
"A lot of the areas we were searching were tough to get to, and the conditions didn't make it easy," Wood said.
Taylor's family resumed the search just before 8 a.m. Thursday and soon found the body.
While police aren't sure what might have caused Taylor's death, Wood said they don't think foul play was involved.
"That horse was a tough horse to have ridden, it would be very difficult to ride," Wood said. "We're not ruling out the possibility the horse could've thrown the victim or bucked and caused him to fall off in the rocky area. We're not ruling out a possible medical condition either. We'll know more soon after the autopsy comes back."
Wood said both Taylor and Roberts had both consumed alcohol earlier in the day, but he said it was unclear whether it was a factor in Taylor's death.