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Police: Drowned man was beaten in Ellsworth

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A man whose body was found floating in the Penobscot River on Aug. 12 was involved in a fight in Ellsworth four days earlier that sent him to the intensive care unit at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth Police Department said Thursday.

On Aug. 11 or 12, Randall J. Stevens, 44, of First Street “was transported up to Eastern Maine Medical Center” and later released, he said.

Police were alerted 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 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.

The state medical examiner’s office has deemed Stevens’ death a nonsuspicious drowning, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Wednesday.

On Aug. 8, Stevens got into a fight on Water Street in Ellsworth with Todd Bray, 38, of Ellsworth that resulted in his being sent to the ICU for several days.

Bray was charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated assault in the alleged attack, which left Stevens basically unconscious, Page said.

“I don’t know what the DA’s office is going to do down here,” he said. “They are weighing their options. At this point no charges have been dismissed.”

With the photos taken and other evidence collected, there is plenty to continue forward with the case, Page said.

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