Case of weeks-old body found in Portland ‘not suspicious,’ police say

Posted Sept. 21, 2011, at 10:04 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 21, 2011, at 4:39 p.m.

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PORTLAND, Maine — Portland Police Lt. Gary Rogers said Wednesday afternoon the case of a body found early in the morning near the railroad tracks behind St. John Street is not likely suspicious.

Rogers told the Bangor Daily News police are awaiting a cause of death and possible identification from the state medical examiner’s office.

“At this point, we don’t have any indication that this is suspicious,” said Rogers, who noted that the area where the body was found is a common footpath for transients. “It’s possible that this is not somebody from the area.”

“We do have missing person reports on file, and we’ve checked those, but we don’t have anything jumping out at us” as an obvious identity match, he continued.

Two passers-by were in the area, by the tracks behind the 500 block of St. John Street, around 1:45 Wednesday morning when they discovered the body. They notified police, who secured the scene.

Police said it appeared the body had been there for several weeks.

BDN Reporter Ryan McLaughlin contributed to this report.