SPANISH FORK — The body of a Spanish Fork man reported missing on Wednesday was found Thursday, the apparent victim of a side-by-side crash.

Dayne Brady Stone, 28, was reported missing about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday after he failed to return home. His family last heard from him about 11:15 a.m. and “knew he was going to go for a ride in their side-by-side but they didn’t know exactly where he planned to go. Family and friends searched several local canyons but were unable to locate Dayne,” according to a prepared statement from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

Police “pinged” Stone’s phone, which led them to an area with a 4-mile radius in the Salem area, the sheriff’s office stated. The Sheriff Office’s Search and Rescue Team was called to assist.

On Thursday, air and ground units searching Water Canyon spotted an ATV that had crashed in a steep ravine, according to the sheriff's office. About 12:15 p.m. Stone’s body was found near the wreckage.

“From evidence with the side-by-side and around the area it appeared Dayne was driving along a steep, narrow trail more than 100 yards above where he was found. It appeared he may have hit a rock on the trail which caused the side-by-side to go over the edge and roll multiple times into the ravine. The side-by-side was completely demolished and Dayne suffered extensive and significant trauma over most of his body. It is most likely he was killed on impact as he began to roll down the mountainside,” the sheriff’s office stated.

Stone was wearing a seat belt but was still ejected from the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office.

As news of Stone’s death spread, many friends posted messages on his Facebook page.

“Dayne, I will love and miss you for the rest of my life. There are no words to describe how absolutely heartbroken everyone is right now. Thanks to everyone who has reached out to help or helped search for him,” one woman wrote.

“I still haven’t been able to process the news that Dayne Stone is gone..but all I know is the world lost one of the greatest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. My heart is absolutely broken,” posted another.

Some mentioned Stone’s enjoyment of BYU football and the TV show “The Office.”

“He was smart, hilarious, mischievous, courageous, and accepted others for who they were. He always looked to understand others deeply,” one man posted. “Dayne was the kind of person everyone wanted to be around because you could just be yourself. The world would be a better place if we would all be a little more like Dayne.”

“Oh Dayne you are so loved and will be so missed Thank you for being the best friend anyone could ever hope for!” another woman posted.