Identity of body found in Aroostook still a mystery

Posted May 19, 2011, at 8:57 p.m.
This hat was among the clothing found on a body discovered in Stacyville.
PHOTO COURTESY OF MAINE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
This hat was among the clothing found on a body discovered in Stacyville.

STACYVILLE, Maine — With the public’s help, investigators have made an arrest in the case of a 6-year-old boy whose body was found in an isolated area in South Berwick.

But Maine State Police are still investigating a case out of Aroostook County, in which hunters discovered the badly decomposed body of an adult in the Stacyville woods in November 2010.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said Thursday there is no new information in the case, which is in the hands of investigators attached to MSP Troop F in Houlton.

The body of the man — believed to have been in his 50s, about 5 feet 9 inches and weighing about 150 pounds — was found by deer hunters on Nov. 4, 2010, in the woods off Route 11.

Officials from the state medical examiner’s office said there are no signs of foul play and estimate the man may have died in early September.

On Nov. 16, police released more information about the clothing found on the body, indicating that the man had been wearing a blue-and-white plaid, button-down, long-sleeve shirt. The shirt was a Vineyard Vines whale shirt from a clothing company based in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. He also was wearing St. John’s Bay khaki pants that had a 33-inch waist and a 30-inch inseam, along with a St. John’s Bay dark-brown canvas jacket, size medium.

He had white New Balance sneakers on his feet, which were model 811, size 10EE, according to police.

Also found with the body was a black High Sierra briefcase containing three empty juice and water bottles, two spray cans of the insect repellent OFF and a brown sweater, size medium.

The victim also was wearing a blue-and-white knit cap with the name “Chris” knit into the design. The DPS released a photo of the hat last year.

Even though the case remains active, the few clues left in the woods where the body was discovered are virtually all that investigators have to help them identify the man.

State Police Detective Sgt. John Cote, the lead investigator on the case, was out of the office and unavailable for comment Thursday.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Maine State Police in Houlton at 532-5400.

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