Elderly man who wandered away from assisted living facility in Falmouth drowned in Casco Bay

Posted June 17, 2014, at 2:39 p.m.

FALMOUTH, Maine — An 83-year-old resident of an assisted living facility in Falmouth apparently fell off a cliff into Casco Bay and drowned overnight Sunday.

Fred Hamren walked away from the Foreside Harbor assisted living facility at 191 Foreside Road on Sunday night, but staff didn’t realize he was missing until 7 a.m. Monday, Falmouth Police Lt. John Kilbride said Tuesday.

A witness reported seeing Hamren at about 7 p.m. Sunday, standing in front of a private driveway on Route 88.

Falmouth police launched a search of the immediate area, using a Falmouth police boat, a Freeport police dog and a plane from the Maine Warden Service.

At about 12:30 Monday, Hamren’s body was spotted from the plane along the shoreline about 500 yards south of Foreside Harbor, Kilbride said.

The state medical examiner’s office ruled the death a drowning.

Police believe Hamren walked down the private driveway to a cliff overlooking the water, became disoriented and fell over the cliff into the ocean.

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services is investigating the incident.

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