State IDs woman who died by drowning

Posted Nov. 30, 2009, at 10:21 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.

SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — The cause of death for a local woman whose body was found along the shore in the village of Manset last week has been determined to be accidental drowning, according to police.

Officer Allen Smith of the Southwest Harbor Police Department said Monday that the woman, whose name had been withheld until her family could be notified, was Monica Estes, 56, of Southwest Harbor.

Estes was originally from California, but had been living on Mount Desert Island for the past several years, Smith said.

The state medical examiner’s office performed an autopsy on Estes’ body on Friday, according to Smith.

“The case is closed, basically,” he said.

Estes’ body was found Nov. 25 by a resident walking on the Manset shore between the town dock and Seawall, police have said. The body was found two days after an empty kayak was found along the same section of shore.

Estes had no relatives living in the area. Smith said Estes was believed to have drowned while kayaking but police are not sure what day she may have set out on the paddling trip.