Woman dies during late-night swim in Sebec Lake; no foul play suspected

Posted Aug. 22, 2012, at 9:32 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 22, 2012, at 3:30 p.m.

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DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A woman’s body was recovered from Sebec Lake early Wednesday morning, according to police.

Officials are conducting an autopsy on Carol Baird, 50, of Dover-Foxcroft at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta, Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a news release. The report likely won’t be ready for several weeks, the release stated.

“There’s no foul play suspected,” McCausland stated in the release, though investigators are awaiting the autopsy results to determine an exact cause of death.

McCausland said Carol Baird and Barry Baird, 64, of Dover-Foxcroft, her former brother-in-law, went for a swim in the early morning hours Wednesday.

“He came back and she didn’t,” said McCausland.

Carol and Barry Baird had been staying at Barry Baird’s lakeside camp off Old Spring Road, McCausland said. Game wardens recovered her body 50 feet from shore.

State Police, game wardens and Dover-Foxcroft police responded to the lake after she was reported missing.

Barry Baird was arrested at the scene for violating his bail conditions, which prohibited him from having contact with Carol Baird. Barry Baird had been charged with terrorizing in an incident involving Carol Baird on Aug. 14.

Dover-Foxcroft police Sgt. Todd Lyford wouldn’t provide details about the incident that occurred on Monique Drive except that it “fits into the domestic violence terrorizing charge,” he said.

Barry Baird’s court date for the charge is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 24, in Dover-Foxcroft District Court, according Lyford.

CORRECTION:

Because of inaccurate information provided by police, an earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that the victim was swimming with her boyfriend. She was swimming with her former brother-in-law.

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