Police search Kennebec River for Vassalboro homicide clues

Posted Dec. 02, 2013, at 1:36 p.m.

VASSALBORO, Maine — Maine State Police dive teams took to the Kennebec River on Monday searching for evidence relating to a recent Vassalboro homicide.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said a dozen divers searched the river near the Two Cent Bridge.

The teams consisted of troopers and Maine Marine Patrol members. The Two Cent Bridge is a footbridge connecting Waterville and Winslow.

Detectives believe they have information that murder suspect Courtney Shea may have been seen near or on the bridge between 7 and 11 p.m. Nov. 21, McCausland said.

Shea has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Thomas Namer, whose body was found near Shea’s Vassalboro residence.

Anyone who may have seen Shea near the bridge is asked to call state police in Augusta at 624-7076.