Missing man’s body found on Beals Island

Posted May 21, 2009, at 10:16 p.m.

BEALS ISLAND, Maine — A local resident found the body of a Jonesport man who was reported missing on Wednesday. The discovery came amid a multi-agency search spearheaded by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The resident, whose name was not released, found the body of Roy Lenfesty, 60, of Jonesport at about 9:30 p.m. in the surf near Indian Point on Beals Island, U.S. Coast Guard officials said in a press release Thursday.

Lenfesty, who kept a small sailboat moored near Beals Island, left the island Wednesday morning to check on the sailboat, which he did every day.

Lenfesty’s wife became concerned when he didn’t call her Wednesday afternoon, and she asked a family friend to check on him, according to the Coast Guard.

The friend called Coast Guard Station Jonesport at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when he found Lenfesty’s boat overturned on some rocks. Attached to the boat was Lenfesty’s dinghy with some of his personal belongings inside.

Station Jonesport launched a 27-foot rescue boat, and the First District Command Center in Boston diverted a Falcon jet that was already in the area. Maine Marine Patrol, the Washington County Police Department and local volunteers also assisted in the search.

Lenfesty’s body was located roughly 200 yards south of the sailboat, the press release said.

U.S. Coast Guard officials said Thursday that Lenfesty’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

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