Piscataquis County police seeking help in finding missing Austrian man

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted March 28, 2012, at 4:01 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Warden Service are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing Austrian man who has been visiting Maine.

Johannes Stummer, 25, last was seen about 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in Big Moose Township in the Hartford Point area of Moosehead Lake just north of Greenville, Piscataquis County sheriff’s Lt. Robert Young said Wednesday in a news release.

Stummer arrived in the United States around March 1 and spent time in Vermont and then Canada before coming to Maine on March 12. He had been staying in the Big Moose area since March 18, according to Young.

Stummer is 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds and has short blond hair.

He has been traveling on a black Suzuki 650 motorcycle bearing an Austrian license plate, wearing black clothing and a black motorcycle helmet.

Stummer was reported missing Friday by the staff at Moose Mountain Inn in Greenville, where he had been staying, after he did not return to his lodgings, Investigator Allen Emerson of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Emerson said Stummer initially was reported missing to the warden service, which on Friday began ground and aerial searches of the area and has been looking ever since.

The case has been turned over to the county sheriff’s department, Emerson said.

Among the places that have been searched are a remote wooded area and Moosehead Lake, Emerson said.

“The lake’s not safe to go out on, so that’s a concern,” he said.

Emerson said investigators in Maine have uncovered some information about what brought Stummer to Maine.

After riding his motorcycle throughout Europe last year, Stummer this year planned to tour the United States, Emerson said. He said the missing man’s travel plans called for a trip to Mexico in May. Emerson said Stummer was traveling alone when he went missing.

Piscataquis County authorities were working with Interpol to locate and contact the missing man’s parents Wednesday afternoon.

Emerson said foul play is not suspected.

Anyone who has seen Stummer or who has information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office at 564-3304.

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