Discovery of decomposed body in Stacyville remains mystery after more than a year

Posted Jan. 21, 2012, at 5:17 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 22, 2012, at 11:30 p.m.
This hat was among the clothing found on a body discovered in Stacyville in November 2010.
Maine Deptartment of Public Safety
This hat was among the clothing found on a body discovered in Stacyville in November 2010.

STACYVILLE, Maine — Approximately 14 months after a man’s body was found in the woods of Stacyville, police are still unsure as to the identity of the individual.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Friday that while the investigation into the body discovered in November 2010 remains open, they are still unsure whose body it is.

“There has been no new information in the case that I am aware of,” he said. “There are no significant leads.”

Hunters discovered the badly decomposed body of an adult in the Stacyville woods and the case is in the hands of investigators attached to Maine State Police Troop F in Houlton.

The body of the man — believed to have been in his 50s, about 5 feet 9 inches and weighing about 150 pounds — was found by deer hunters on Nov. 4, 2010, in the woods off Route 11.

Officials from the state medical examiner’s office said there are no signs of foul play and estimate the man may have died in early September 2010.

Twelve days after the body was discovered, police released more information about the clothing found on the body. They indicated that the man had been wearing a blue-and-white plaid, button-down, long-sleeve shirt. The shirt was a Vineyard Vines whale shirt from a clothing company based in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. He also was wearing St. John’s Bay khaki pants that had a 33-inch waist and a 30-inch inseam, along with a St. John’s Bay dark-brown canvas jacket, size medium.

He had white New Balance sneakers on his feet, which were model 811, size 10EE, according to police.

Also found with the body was a black High Sierra briefcase containing three empty juice and water bottles, two spray cans of the insect repellent OFF and a brown sweater, size medium.

The victim also was wearing a blue-and-white knit cap with the name “Chris” knit into the design. The DPS released a photo of the hat last year.

The few clues left in the woods where the body was discovered are all investigators have to help them identify the man.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call Maine State Police in Houlton at 532-5400.

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