GOULDSBORO, Maine — Investigators have determined that a body found Jan. 4 on the shore of an island in Frenchman Bay is that of missing Sullivan resident Wayne Hodgkins, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Hodgkins, 57, was reported missing last month after his landlord had not seen him for several days and called police.

Hodgkins, who frequently dug for clams and worms in the area, was last seen the evening of Dec. 3 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Ellsworth. His red Ford Ranger truck was found six days later near the local village of South Gouldsboro, parked on a side road off Route 186.

Having spotted the truck during an aerial search, officers with Maine Marine Patrol continued flights over the area after nearby ground and water searches came up empty.

It was during one such flight on Jan. 4 that Marine Patrol spotted the body on Stave Island. The island is connected to South Gouldsboro by a sand bar at low tide. Sheriff’s deputies and officers with Marine Patrol and Maine Wardens Service then recovered the body.

The medical examiner’s office in Augusta identified the body as Hodgkins on Jan. 9. The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police.

Bill Trotter

Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....