Body of teen found in Lake Megunticook

Posted July 24, 2010, at 5:02 p.m.

LINCOLNVILLE, Maine — The body of a Warren teen who disappeared Friday afternoon while swimming in Lake Megunticook was found Saturday morning by the Maine Warden Service dive team.

Devon Stewart, 17, had been swimming with three friends off the Ledges on Fernald’s Neck at 3:30 p.m. when the group decided to swim across the lake, Lincolnville Police Chief Ron Young said Saturday.

“He got a quarter of the way across and turned around to go back,” Young said.

Stewart yelled to his friends that he was going to swim back to shore, according to the chief. When the others made it to the other side of the lake, they apparently saw Stewart swimming. When they arrived at Fernald’s Neck, they found the young man’s clothes and keys left on the ledges, but he wasn’t there. A passer-by in a boat called 911, Young said, and the search began.

Crews from the Maine State Police, the Lincolnville Police and Fire departments, Camden First Aid and the Maine Warden Service searched the area for Stewart. They were assisted by several boaters who happened to be in the area, Young said. Also assisting in the search were members of the Waldo County Emergency Management Agency, the Camden Police Department, the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office and Ken Bailey, the warden for the lake.

“We searched the water’s edge and searched the water and didn’t come up with anything last night,” Young said.

Officials resumed looking for Stewart at 7 a.m. Saturday, and at 9:45 a.m. divers found his body about 30 feet offshore in about 30 feet of water.

Because no one saw Stewart drown, an autopsy will be performed, Young said.

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