May 25, 2018
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Further tests needed to determine cause of death for body found in Stetson woods, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

STETSON, Maine — The reason a Levant man died several months ago in the woods of Stetson about a mile from his house is still not known, but all indications are that nothing suspicious occurred, officials are saying.

“We know his death isn’t tied to anyone else’s hands,” Maine State Police Detective Brian Strout said Friday. “It doesn’t look suspicious in nature.”

The last time anyone saw Joshua Mishio, 32, alive was October, the detective said. His body was discovered by a group of people cutting fiddleheads at around 10 a.m. Saturday, May 5, a short distance from Merrill Road. He lived in nearby Levant.

“The medical examiner at the scene feels the remains were there for most of the winter,” state police Lt. Wesley D. Hussey said on Monday.

His body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy, which was started Monday.

“The case is pending right now,” Mark Belserene, administrator for the medical examiner’s office, said Friday. “We’re collecting further information and it may take several weeks before we provide a cause and manner.”

“They sent some stuff off for toxicology, and that could take awhile,” Strout said.

Mishio’s wife contacted police seven months ago but did not file an official missing person report “because of his prior history of taking off” for long periods of time, Strout said.

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