Medical examiner releases description of man found dead in Brunswick

Posted Dec. 27, 2011, at 12:20 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 2:07 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — One of the few clues to the identity of a man found dead near a set of train tracks in Brunswick last Thursday was the presence of a catheter, a top official with the state medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.

Mark Belserene, administrator of the state medical examiner’s office, said the man’s body has left authorities frustratingly few leads. But he said state and local officials are questioning local doctors and medical personnel after discovering the catheter during his office’s examination.

In conjunction with the Brunswick Police Department, Belserene’s office also issued a description of the man Tuesday afternoon.

“He didn’t have any identifiers,” Belserene told the Bangor Daily News. “He didn’t have any scars or tattoos, so we’re going to go back today and see again if we can find anything else. He did have a urinary catheter in place, so he probably had a medical problem, and we’re trying to check with doctors in the area, but so far, we haven’t turned up anything.”

The man was discovered Thursday near railroad tracks between Bath Road and Route 1, which are situated near a strip mall, the former Brunswick Naval Air Station and several other businesses. The body was found near a small makeshift campsite, according to Brunswick Lt. Thomas Garrepy.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Belserene’s office released a more specific description of the man, calling him between the ages of 50 and 65, with “salt-and-pepper-type dark hair.”

“He also has a light beard with [a] mustache,” the medical examiner’s office news release states, in part. “He was wearing tan pants, a brown knit hat, black work boots and two fluorescent orange sweatshirts under a dark tan coat.”

The Brunswick police are asking anyone with information about who might have been living near the tracks to call 725-5521.

BDN writer Christopher Cousins contributed to this report.

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