CARRYING PLACE TOWNSHIP, Maine — Medical examiners are investigating what caused the Aug. 12 death of a New York firefighter on the Appalachian Trail, and the investigation could take months.
The body of Michael Guerette, 51, of Cherry Grove, N.Y., was found by other hikers in an area between Long Falls Dam and Bog roads, about a mile up the trail from Long Falls Dam road in northern Franklin County.
Officials told the Morning Sentinel it could take four to six months to reach a conclusion on the cause and manner of Guerette’s death.
Original reports indicated Guerette may have fallen and hit his head. Police said he had been hiking alone for about two weeks on a Maine portion of the Appalachian Trail, where he was found unresponsive.
Guerette was born in Poutsmouth, N.H., and a private memorial service will be held in his home state on Sept. 17, with a public service scheduled for Sept. 24 at the Cherry Grove Fire Station.
Guerette lived in New York City before moving to Cherry Grove, and he appeared in off-Broadway theater productions and toured in several plays.