Guilford man died in 2009 by drowning

Posted May 12, 2010, at 9:15 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:59 a.m.

DEXTER, Maine — The state medical examiner’s office has ruled that a Guilford man, whose body was found in July 2009 floating face-up in Main Stream, drowned.

The cause of 23-year-old Timothy Sherwood’s death was by drowning associated with diphenhydramine toxicity, Jim Ferland, administrator of the medical examiner’s office, said Wednesday. He called it a suicide.

Three children riding their bicycles along Route 23, North Dexter Road, found Sherwood’s body.

Police found no obvious wounds or significant damage to the body, but launched an investigation into his death.

“Timothy was a wonderful father,” Sherwood’s fiancee, Jamie Germano of Guilford, said Wednesday. “He will never be forgotten.”

Germano said a Maine State Police detective told her that Sherwood had Seroquel, an anti-psychotic drug, in his system at the time of his death. She asked that anyone who has information about how Sherwood had obtained the drug contact the Maine State Police.