May 23, 2018
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Newcastle man’s body discovered in wooded area

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

UNION, Maine — The body of a Lincoln County man who was reported missing last week was found in a wooded area off Bump Hill Road in Union late Monday afternoon. Police are calling the man’s death an apparent suicide.

Kent Bradley Winchenbach, 56, of East Old County Road in Newcastle was reported missing on Thursday after he had left his home to go to the store that morning and never returned. Winchenbach’s disappearance was investigated over the weekend in Lincoln County, but the search shifted northward late Sunday when Winchenbach’s vehicle was seen by a hunter at the end of Bump Hill Road in Union.

On Monday morning, members of the Lincoln and Knox County sheriff’s departments, as well as the Maine Warden Service, conducted a more extensive search of the area, including the use of a police dog. A dive team from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s office searched the waters of the Medomak River. Winchenbach was found late Monday by Game Warden Michelle Merrifield approximately 300 yards from where his truck was parked.

The state medical examiner’s office is working to confirm the cause of death, according to a press release.

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