Authorities find body presumed to be of Cushing man missing for two weeks

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted June 07, 2013, at 1:55 p.m.

CUSHING, Maine — The body of a 31-year-old Cushing man missing for more than two weeks was found Friday morning.

The body, presumed to be Kevin Stone Crute’s, was found in woods off Route 97, according to a news release issued by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

A Maine Search and Rescue K-9 team found Crute’s body shortly before 10 a.m. The body was found about a half mile in the woods from his home, said Knox County Chief Deputy Tim Carroll.

A positive identification and a cause of death will be determined by the Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. An autopsy is expected to be done over the weekend.

Investigators initially searched around Crute’s house and then expanded the search area with additional resources from the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Search and Rescue Team. A search warrant for Crute’s cellphone records helped in determining his last location, according to Carroll.

Crute was last seen shortly after noon on May 21 when he was dropped off at his home after shopping at Ande’s Variety in Warren.

Crute’s parents reported him missing May 25.

No one had reported any contact with Crute since then, which family and friends say is out of character. Family members told police he would call or be in contact with them by social media daily.

More than 80 people have been interviewed and those interviews are leading to more people being contacted, according to Carroll.

The Maine State Police’s Major Crimes Unit was at Crute’s home in Cushing for two days after the investigation into his disappearance began but nothing has been found to indicate Crute’s whereabouts.

The sheriff’s department is working with state police, the Maine Warden Service and Maine Marine Patrol on the investigation.

Crute’s family offered a $10,000 reward Thursday for anyone providing information leading to his whereabouts.

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