April 19, 2018
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Police identify woman found dead in Penobscot River

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
A woman was found dead in the Penobscot River in Hampden on Monday. Police on Tuesday identified the woman as 51-year-old Barbara J. Goodwin.
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

HAMPDEN, Maine — State police on Tuesday identified the woman whose body was pulled from the Penobscot River the day before.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said the deceased woman has been identified as Barbara J. Goodwin, 51, of the Bangor area. The State Medical Examiner’s Office determined her death “is consistent with drowning,” McCausland said in a media release.

Detectives say Goodwin was last seen in Bangor on Thursday leaving a medical appointment, but no one had reported her missing. Bangor police were able to identify Goodwin because they had previous contact with her, according to McCausland.

“We’re trying to retrace her footsteps,” McCausland said. “We know she ended up in the river, but we don’t know how or why.”

McCausland asked that anyone who had seen or spoken with Goodwin since Thursday call state police in Orono at 866-2122.

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

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

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