Hunter found dead in Shirley; natural causes suspected

Posted Nov. 27, 2011, at 2:22 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 27, 2011, at 2:45 p.m.

SHIRLEY, Maine ― State forensic investigators will examine the body of a 54-year-old hunter on Monday or Tuesday to determine why he died in a clear-cut area off Bob Young Road on Saturday. Investigators believe he died of natural causes. No foul play is suspected, officials said Sunday.

Dean Poulin of Waterville was last seen by members of his hunting party at around 1 p.m. on Saturday. When Poulin didn’t rejoin his group at the end of the day, they searched for him and found his body, said Edith Smith, spokeswoman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The hunters called for help and Maine Game Warden John Lonergan and Warden Sgt. Bill Chandler came to the scene at about 5 p.m., Smith said.

Bob Young Road is off Route 6, or Greenville Road, in northeast Shirley, a small town of about 200 residents in Piscataquis County northwest of Monson.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an examination of the body at a later date; they have not yet ruled on an official cause of death, Smith said. Examinations, rather than autopsies, occur typically when foul play is not suspected in a death.

The Maine Warden Service was assisted by the Shirley Fire Department and by Sgt. Michael Gould of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office, Smith said.

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