Body found in Lincoln driveway; death may be suspicious

Posted Feb. 14, 2011, at 9:53 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 14, 2011, at 8:58 p.m.

LINCOLN, Maine — State police were investigating on Monday the untimely and possibly suspicious death of a Lincoln man whose body was found in a neighbor’s driveway on Mohawk Road.

The body of Robert Arthurs, 36, of 200 Mohawk Road was found at about 1 p.m. Sunday in a neighbor’s driveway about a quarter-mile north of his trailer when the couple who lives there returned home after an outing. He was found on his back leaning against a snowbank adjacent to the garage, one of the neighbors said Monday.

“We just found him. We didn’t know who he was,” said the man, who declined to give his name. “I could not tell you what happened to him, but it looked like he had been there a while.”

An autopsy on Arthurs’ body performed by the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta on Monday was not immediately conclusive. The cause of his death is pending further study, a spokeswoman said.

Two state police detectives are assisting Lincoln police in the investigation, said Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

“We have not put the death in any category, and we won’t until we hear from the medical examiner’s office, although I think you can call the death ‘unexplained,’” McCausland said.

Mowhawk Road passes through a residential neighborhood of houses and trailers in south Lincoln. The road runs off Route 6 into Enfield and parallels the Penobscot River. State and town police had blocked off the road for several hours Sunday afternoon as they investigated the incident.

No one answered the door at Arthurs’ trailer Monday, but neighbors said he had lived there with a woman since November.

State police seized a vehicle in the driveway where Arthurs’ body was found. Police will examine it to see whether Arthurs left any forensic evidence on it before his death, the neighbor said.

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