Woman’s body recovered from Penobscot River in Hampden

An unidentified woman was found dead in the Penobscot River in Hampden on Monday.
Gabor Degre | BDN
An unidentified woman was found dead in the Penobscot River in Hampden on Monday.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 28, 2013, at 11:14 a.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — The body of a middle-aged woman was recovered from the Penobscot River Monday morning, state police said.

State police Sgt. Troy Gardner said from the scene on Cottage Street that a pair of kayakers discovered the body floating about 20-30 feet offshore shortly after 10 a.m.

The woman’s name was not released by Gardner. The body was transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta.

Gardner said the kayakers brought the woman’s body to shore and called Hampden police after discovering it. The deceased woman did not have any identification on her.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said later Monday that police are utilizing all possible sources in an attempt to identify the woman.

“We’ve checked missing persons reports, we’ve put an appeal out to the public,” McCausland said.

State police, Hampden police and Hampden fire and rescue personnel responded to the call at 64 Cottage St.

State police detectives began arriving around 11 a.m. The woman’s body was taken away from the scene shortly after noon.

Gardner said foul play is not suspected in the woman’s death. The body was fully clothed when found, he added.

An autopsy on the woman’s body will be conducted Tuesday.

McCausland did not rule out that the woman’s identity could be revealed prior to the autopsy.

“Someone could call in,” he said. “Things change quickly. We do not have a name and are seeking a variety of sources in order to get an identification for her. If not, we’ll get some exact vitals from the [medical examiner’s] office.”

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