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MANSFIELD -- The two men killed Monday when their all-terrain vehicle dropped off a 39-foot cliff onto the westbound lanes of U.S. 30 were both from Columbus, according to Tom Stortz, an investigator the Richland County Coroner's Office.

One of the men was identified Thursday afternoon as Jeffery L. Thomas, 63. His next-of-kin was located and notified earlier in the day.

Stortz said relatives for the other man, 55, have not been located and his identity has not been made public. Stortz said the younger victim is also from Columbus.

The men were operating in a 2017 Polaris Ranger 4x4 in a field with high grass behind a Fifth Avenue business and rolled off the cliff.

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One of the men was ejected during the fall and landed in a ditch. The vehicle hit a ditch and rolled onto its top on U.S. 30 with the other man partially ejected.

According to Mansfield Safety Services Director Lori Cope, the two victims were affiliated with the Inkcarceration Music and Tattoo Festival that took place July 12-14 at the Ohio State Reformatory. 

The field in which the men were working was used for parking during the event and the duo was assisting with the clean-up.

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