STACYVILLE, Maine — The state medical examiner’s office was conducting an autopsy late Monday afternoon on a body that was found by hunters in the woods off Route 11 on Thursday.
Maine State Police also had gathered information that could help them identify the man, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety, said Monday evening.
State police announced Friday that deer hunters found the body in woods about a mile from the road in this northern Penobscot County town. Detectives, game wardens and personnel with the state medical examiner’s office removed the remains on Friday afternoon.
Police, who think the man may have died sometime in the past two months, are reviewing missing person reports, according to McCausland. He said that detectives also received information over the weekend concerning the man’s possible identity and that they were working with the medical examiner’s office and relatives in an attempt to reach a positive identification. Authorities say there is no indication of foul play.
The dead man is described as middle-aged. He was wearing a blue-and-white knit cap with the name “Chris” marked inside, a blue-and-white plaid button-down shirt, khaki pants, white size 10 New Balance sneakers and a brown jacket.
A black nylon soft briefcase containing additional clothing was found near the body, McCausland said.
A spokesperson for the medical examiner’s office said Monday afternoon that staffers still were investigating the case and had no information to provide. McCausland said Monday evening that more work is expected before an identity is confirmed. He added that it is likely the additional work may not be completed this week.