DETROIT, Maine — Police are investigating the death of a middle-aged man whose body was found in a mobile home early Thursday morning. Investigators are calling the death suspicious.
Several Maine State Police vehicles, including a Major Crimes Unit command truck, were at the 24 Main St. home for much of the day. A police dog was brought to the scene early Thursday afternoon to assist in the investigation, which was expected to continue into the evening.
Lt. Chris Coleman of the Major Crimes Unit said a neighbor called police about 3 a.m. requesting a well-being check at the residence behind him.
“Deputies from the [Somerset County Sheriff’s Department] and also Pittsfield Police Department officers responded. Once they arrived they found the body of a deceased male,” Coleman said about 10 a.m. Thursday. “At [that] point, we were called in and we’re treating the death as suspicious. Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit are in the process of conducting a scene examination.”
Police had not released the identity of the deceased male as of 5 p.m., only describing him as middle-aged.
Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland released a statement Thursday afternoon saying that the name of man will be withheld until family members are located.
“Detectives will continue to gather evidence from the home tonight and conduct interviews with anyone who had contact with the man in the past couple of days,” said McCausland.
The man’s body was removed from the home at approximately 10:30 a.m. An autopsy is scheduled with the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta on Friday.
Coleman said detectives are performing interviews and collecting information. That process could take several days.
State police interviewed people on Dogtown Road in Palmyra on Thursday. A detective said the interviews were related to the suspicious death.
A police K-9 unit was brought to the scene in the early afternoon. The dog was seen searching around the house where the body was recovered.
The mobile home is set back from the road and is located across the street from the Detroit post office.
In the early afternoon, evidence team members placed evidence flags on the driveway near the home. Police would not comment on what evidence was being collected.
A neighbor who asked not to be identified said she was awake at 3 a.m. because of the heat and thought she heard fireworks early in the morning.