May 25, 2018
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Medical examiner’s office says Lincoln man died of hypothermia

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — A local man whose body was found in a Mowhawk Road driveway last month died of hypothermia brought on by exposure, the State Medical Examiner’s Office said Friday.

The manner of the death of Robert Arthurs, 36, was accidental, an office spokeswoman said.

Arthurs’ fully clothed body was found at about 1 p.m. Feb. 13 in a neighbor’s driveway about a quarter-mile north of his trailer when the couple who live 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.

Investigators had theorized “from the beginning” that Arthurs died of hypothermia, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Friday.

But an autopsy on Arthurs’ body performed by the medical examiner’s office in Augusta the day after he was found was not immediately conclusive. McCausland said Friday he could not immediately recall whether Maine State Police investigators had learned what factors led to Arthurs’ being left or leaving himself in the driveway.

He referred comment on the matter to state police Sgt. Troy Gardner, who did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.

The final autopsy report on Arthurs’ death is incomplete and was not available Friday, officials 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 local police blocked off the road for several hours the day Arthurs’ body was found and seized a vehicle in the driveway as they investigated the incident.

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