MDI man dies after underage drinking party

Posted Dec. 14, 2009, at 2:17 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:52 a.m.

TRENTON, Maine — A Bar Harbor man is dead after an outdoor underage drinking party held during the weekend, according to Maine State Police.

The body of Benjamin Britt, 20, was found early Saturday morning in the woods off Horse Farm Road, according to a statement released Monday by the Maine Department of Public Safety. Britt had been at the party with a half-dozen other underage people before he wandered off, police indicated.

“Troopers said he likely died from exposure to the freezing temperature,” Stephen McCausland, Department of Public Safety spokesman, said in the release.

Weather data posted online by the National Weather Service and AccuWeather.com indicate that temperatures in the area during the party were in the 20s.

Police found out about the party because someone at the gathering had gone to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor for treatment of a superficial stab wound, according to police. Hospital employees contacted Bar Harbor police about the stabbing, and Bar Harbor police contacted troopers when they found out about the underage drinking party in neighboring Trenton.

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When police arrived at the scene of the party, they were told that Britt was missing. Troopers, Hancock County sheriff’s deputies and state game wardens assisted in the search of the woods. Britt’s body was found around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

McCausland said troopers continue to investigate the party, including who may have supplied the alcohol to the underage drinkers.

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