June 25, 2018
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Man’s body found on Phippsburg clam flats

By Seth Koenig, Times Record

PHIPPSBURG, Maine — Authorities this morning identified the body found Saturday on the clam flats of Phippsburg as that of Andrew Tomko, a 30-year employee of Bath Iron Works, Phippsburg Police Chief John Skroski said today.

Skroski said police and rescuers were called at 10:46 a.m. Saturday to a site near Mill Dam off Basin Road, where a local clam digger discovered the body of a man identified today as Tomko, 49, of Oakland.

Skroski said the state medical examiner’s office, which conducted an autopsy Sunday, determined Tomko died of drowning, with severe coronary artery disease a contributing factor.

Skroski said police do not believe the death to be suspicious.

The Phippsburg chief said investigators found evidence that Tomko had set up a camp nearby.

The chief said that authorities had to move the body quickly Saturday because the tide was coming in. The body was then transported to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta on Saturday, he said.

Skroski said a Phippsburg ambulance crew was the first to arrive at the scene, followed by town police, Maine State Police, a Sagadahoc County deputy and the Maine Marine Patrol.

Skroski said Tomko was married, but had no children.

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