AUGUSTA, Maine — The state medical examiner’s office said it may be closing in on the identity of a man found dead in Brunswick Dec. 22, but that DNA testing is being performed for verification.
Mark Belserene, office administrator for the medical examiner, said Tuesday that someone has come forward with “a good lead that seems pretty solid,” including details about the deceased man that are in line with what investigators already know.
“We’re going to have to conduct a DNA test in order to make a positive match,” said Belserene.
The man was found near railroad tracks that run between Bath Road and Route 1, not far from the former Brunswick Naval Air Station and Merrymeeting Plaza. The body was found at a makeshift campsite by someone walking in the area, Brunswick police have said.
Investigators have been frustrated over the past couple of weeks in trying to identify the man, whose age is estimated to be between 50 and 65 and whose body bore no identifying scars or tattoos. Last week, Belserene told the Bangor Daily News that the man had a catheter in place and that his office was checking with doctors in the area to see if anyone had a patient who matched the man’s description. The man also had “salt-and-pepper-type dark hair,” a beard and a mustache, said Belserene. He was wearing tan pants, a brown knit hat, black work boots and two florescent orange sweatshirts under a dark tan coat.
Belserene said Tuesday he couldn’t name the man until his identity is confirmed by the DNA testing and couldn’t discuss his cause of death until detectives are able to notify his family.
The person who came forward with information provided some personal belongings that the medical examiner — working with the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory — will compare with tissue from the man’s body. Belserene said it could take up to two weeks for the DNA testing to be complete.
The Brunswick Police Department has asked anyone with information about the man to call 725-5521.