ELLSWORTH — An Ellsworth man who was the object of a police search Tuesday was discovered with a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the banks of the Union River.
According to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department, the man, whose identity was not released, was in his 30s and had been reported missing earlier in the day.
“We’d been looking for him for about two hours,” Page said. “We hadn’t found him so we asked the harbor master to check along the river.”
An assistant harbor master motored upriver from the city harbor and located the man lying on the riverbank behind the Mid-Maine Ventilation building off Water Street. Ellsworth police and firefighters responded quickly and found the man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The man was still alive, and the officers, using a rescue board, pulled him up the bank. The man was taken by ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. There was no immediate report on his condition.
Police recovered a .25 caliber automatic pistol at the scene.