ROCKLAND, Maine — A man walking his dog Tuesday called police after he came upon the body of a woman lying on the side of Thomason Meadow Road.
Police consider the case suspicious and await a cause of death from the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta, where an autopsy will be conducted Wednesday.
“We don’t know why she died,” Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety said at the scene Tuesday.
While police also await a positive identification from the medical examiner, they believe the body to be that of 47-year-old Katrina Windred of Friendship, who was reported missing Sunday.
“We are under the assumption this is her,” McCausland said.
The body was found at about noon Tuesday on Thomason Meadow Road, located off Old County Road, near several quarries. Thomason Meadow Road was closed from about noon to 3:30 p.m. as police recovered the body and examined the site.
Windred was last seen Saturday and was reported missing Sunday by friends in Rockland whom she had been visiting.
Police consider her disappearance suspicious, but would not say why. A number of people, including family and friends, were questioned in connection with her disappearance.
“There were circumstances we can’t get into that police found disturbing,” McCausland said.
“As an investigator, you get a gut feeling,” Lt. Tim Carroll from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said at the scene Tuesday.
The case is under investigation by Maine State Police, the Rockland Police Department and the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.