The body of a man was found near a motorcycle beneath a ramp coming off the Ravenel Bridge Sunday afternoon.

A man walking his dog made the discovery in the grass near the ramp over Huger Street, Charleston police spokesman Charles Francis said.

The dark-colored bike and the body landed beneath a big curve in the ramp heading toward the Septima P. Clark Parkway. What appeared to be a piece of the guardrail was lying near the bike. The body was some distance away.

The man's identity was not immediately released.

The right lane of the off ramp toward the Crosstown was closed while the scene was investigated. Officers were seen both on the ground and on the ramp looking over the edge.

This was not the first time a biker went over the edge of a ramp near Huger Street. A motorcycle failed to negotiate a curve on the ramp going onto the bridge shortly before 1 a.m. June 23, 2011. Matthew Garelli, 22, of Mount Pleasant, went over the retaining wall and was fatally injured.

Andy Paras and Glenn Smith contributed to this story. Reach Dave Munday at 937-5553.