June 24, 2018
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Body of woman missing since Sunday found in West Forks

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

WEST FORKS, Maine — A tracker found the body of a woman who had been missing since Sunday, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Thursday.

Donna Gail Bulmer, 52, was found by a trained tracker with a dog on Thursday afternoon. The tracker, who wasn’t identified by McCausland, was hired by the Bulmer’s family after the Maine Warden Service ended its three-day search on Wednesday.

McCausland said Bulmer was found off a snowmobile trail about three-quarters of a mile away from her home.

“There’s no indication that anyone else was involved in the death,” said McCausland.

“She went into the woods by her own volition,” said Edith Smith, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The warden service was called to assist state investigators.

“She had been despondent and had wandered off into the woods and that’s what sparked the wardens searching for her earlier in the week,” said McCausland.

Smith said the warden service began searching for Bulmer on Monday.

“We had a plane in the air. We had the dogs out,” said Smith.

McCausland said the body was taken to a local funeral home and was to be examined by a representative from the state medical examiner’s office. There was not a listed cause of death yet and McCausland said he didn’t expect a cause to be known on Thursday.

Bulmer had been a selectman and the tax assessor for West Forks.

Smith said Bulmer lived in Weeks Mills and also had a residence in West Forks.

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