Missing Old Town man found dead in river

Posted July 24, 2011, at 3:38 p.m.
Last modified July 24, 2011, at 6:42 p.m.
Jeremy Dimmock, 24, of Old Town, had been missing since Monday, July 18, 2011. His body was discovered around 9 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2011, in the Penobscot River in Old Town.
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Jeremy Dimmock, 24, of Old Town, had been missing since Monday, July 18, 2011. His body was discovered around 9 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2011, in the Penobscot River in Old Town.
Jackie Dimmock (right), the mother of Jeremy Dimmock, 24, begins to cry as she talks about her son who went missing on Monday and was found dead in the Penobscot River on Sunday morning after an extensive search. His dad, Greg Dimmock (left) also reacts emotionally and are comforted by friend Lisa Allman-Smith and another man.
Jackie Dimmock (right), the mother of Jeremy Dimmock, 24, begins to cry as she talks about her son who went missing on Monday and was found dead in the Penobscot River on Sunday morning after an extensive search. His dad, Greg Dimmock (left) also reacts emotionally and are comforted by friend Lisa Allman-Smith and another man.
Jeremy Dimmock, 24, of Old Town, had been missing since Monday, July 18, 2011. His body was discovered around 9 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2011, in the Penobscot River in Old Town.
Courtesy photo
Jeremy Dimmock, 24, of Old Town, had been missing since Monday, July 18, 2011. His body was discovered around 9 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2011, in the Penobscot River in Old Town.

OLD TOWN, Maine — Jeremy Dimmock went out for a smoke around noon on Monday and never came back. His family got the news they were dreading on Sunday morning when they found out his body had been discovered in the Penobscot River.

“It’s not good. It is not a good outcome,” his mom, Jackie Dimmock, said Sunday just before she walked into his workplace, LaBree’s Bakery in Old Town, to inform his former co-workers of her son’s passing.

“They’re a mess,” she said afterward, saying it was very difficult telling “all the LaBree’s kids” that her son would never return to work. “They’re a tight-knit group.”

Jeremy Dimmock’s friends, family and people who searched for him gathered Sunday afternoon to give each other support after hearing the news.

Jackie Dimmock and friend Lisa Allman-Smith appealed to the public for help finding Jeremy Dimmock on Friday and a number of people, including friends and co-workers, assisted relatives and officials with the search.

The body of Jeremy Dimmock, 24, was discovered at around 9 a.m., Old Town police Officer Debbie Holmes said.

“He was located at the dam in the Penobscot River, down by Old Town Fuel and Fiber,” she said. “One of the employees at the mill … looked out and saw him.”

Jackie Dimmock and Allman-Smith said Friday that Jeremy Dimmock left his Center Street apartment for a smoke on Monday, July 18. He left without his glasses and did not get any money out of his bank account.

“There doesn’t appear to be anything suspicious but because of his age and so forth they are going to do an autopsy,” which is scheduled for Monday, Holmes said.

Jackie Dimmock and Allman-Smith said Jeremy Dimmock had been experiencing some stress in recent weeks, but they didn’t think his life would end in the river.

“Jeremy was really happy here,” his mother said, on the verge of tears. “He loved the state of Maine [and] he loved his friends.”

Jeremy Dimmock grew up in Connecticut and moved to Maine three years ago.

“His father and I bought a farm in Maine, a 130-acre farm in Bradford, and he came up here and never wanted to go home,” Jackie Dimmock said.

He loved fishing and hunting with his dad, Greg Dimmock, and he quickly made friends, she said.

Jeremy Dimmock’s parents said Sunday that they still were in shock about his death, and his dad added that it is better to know.

“We have closure,” Greg Dimmock said. “It’s not dragged on for months or years, we have his body and we have closure.”

In addition to Old Town Police, Down East Emergency Medicine Institute personnel as well as Brewer resident Julie Jones, a volunteer from VK9 Scent Specific Search and Recovery, joined the search. LaBree’s contributed baked goods and fliers to support the search effort, and a half a dozen other local businesses provided everything from food and water to the cost of printing posters, Jackie Dimmock said, thanking them all repeatedly.

She also thanked people she doesn’t even know.

“I want to thank the strangers that got onto Facebook and pushing it out as far as Arizona,” Jackie Dimmock said, adding, “Don’t underestimate the power of these kids.”

Jeremy Dimmock’s funeral will be held in Old Town, with a separate calling in Connecticut where his sister and two sets of grandparents live, his parents said.

“In lieu of flowers, we want donations to go the DEEMI and Julie [Jones],” Jackie Dimmock said. “People need to know that donations from the community help keep all these organizations going.”

She provided two websites, deemi.org and vk9sar.org, saying the searchers from Down East Emergency Medicine Institute and Jones went above and beyond when searching for her son.

Jeremy was a good son who will be missed tremendously by all who knew him, Jackie Dimmock said.

“It’s really sad it ended this way,” she said.

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