FRIENDSHIP, Maine — The body found Sunday morning at a home in Friendship has been identified as escaped prisoner Brian Floyd who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The Maine medical examiner’s office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Floyd’s death was a suicide.
Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Floyd selected the home in Friendship, where he was found dead, because a door was unlocked. The family was away for a wedding and not home for the weekend, McCausland said.
The Maine State Police tactical team tracked Floyd down to the house because he was communicating with other people via Facebook from the computer at the residence, the public safety spokesman said. The tactical team entered the home shortly after dawn on Sunday to find Floyd dead.
The escaped inmate had used a rifle with an improvised silencer, McCausland said.
Floyd, 21, was from the Belfast area. He had been reported as having escaped from the Bolduc Correctional Facility at about 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Bolduc is a low-security facility also referred to as the prison farm.
Floyd began his prison sentence in June for theft and was due to be released in May 2015.
McCausland advised local residents that they should be locking their doors, particularly when there is an escaped prisoner.
The owners of the home were contacted Saturday night and advised to stay away until Floyd was apprehended.