Penobscot River drowning victim identified

Posted Sept. 01, 2010, at 10:11 a.m.
Randall Stevens. Ricker ''BODYID" story
Randall Stevens. Ricker ''BODYID" story

BANGOR, Maine — Police have identified the body of a man found floating in the Penobscot River on Aug. 12 as 44-year-old Randall J. Stevens of First Street.

One of the last people to see him alive told the Bangor Daily News on Wednesday that Stevens had visited him at his First Street apartment shortly before police began to search for his friend.

Police were alerted at around noon Aug. 12 that a man might be missing after passers-by noticed clothing and other personal items strewn on a dock behind the Sea Dog restaurant. A shirt also was seen floating in the water nearby.

Several hours later, at 5:23 p.m., police were called to the scene again when passers-by noticed a body a short distance from the dock.

“It was a drowning, according to the medical examiner’s office,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday. “It looks like it’s more than likely a suicide. There are still some loose ends to tie up, but it’s been deemed a nonsuspicious death.”

Finding Stevens’ relatives, who live outside of Maine, caused the delay in the release of his name.

Tim Timberlake, who lives at 67 First St. and who allowed Stevens to stay at his apartment on occasion, said Wednesday he saw him in the hours just before he was found dead.

He said Stevens had been staying in Bar Harbor but had showed up at his apartment on Aug. 12 with a bottle of vodka and an older man whom he did not know.

“His face was shaved and all black and blue,” Timberlake recalled while sitting at his kitchen table drinking coffee. “I said you can’t drink here.”

Stevens left, but not before borrowing a plastic cup, which he filled halfway with vodka, Timberlake said.

“Half an hour later the police stopped by and asked if I knew where Randall was,” he said.

Later that evening, around 7 p.m., the same officer stopped by again “and said they found his body,” Timberlake said.

Timberlake said it is sad that Stevens died, and speculated that “maybe he was just trying to cool himself off.”

Stevens moved to the area from California, according to Edwards and court reports printed in the Bangor Daily News.

Ellsworth District Court cases for June 21 to July 2 list Stevens with a Fresno, Calif., address. He was convicted of disorderly conduct in Ellsworth and ordered to serve 48 hours in jail.

In Bangor District Court cases for July 19-23, Stevens lists a Brunswick address. He was convicted of disorderly conduct in Bangor and ordered to pay a $100 fine.

Edwards said Bangor police had dealt with Stevens on at least three occasions, and he listed his address as Fresno, Calif., in one case and Dexter in another. He was listed as a transient on the third.

His last reported address was Timberlake’s apartment at 67 First St.

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