WEST FORKS PLANTATION, Maine — A man and woman from Quebec who hadn’t been seen or heard from since they crossed the border into Maine on July 28 were found dead Tuesday afternoon in their crashed 2005 Nissan Maxima, Somerset County Sheriff’s Office officials said in a news release.
Martin Poulin and Francine Dumas, both 58 and of St. Georges, were located in the vehicle off Route 201, Chief Deputy James Ross said.
Sheriff Dale Lancaster said Tuesday evening that Poulin and Dumas were found about 2:15 p.m. by family members who had been retracing the route the couple would have followed on their way to a wedding in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire. The searchers then flagged down Somerset County Lt. Carl Gottardi.
Earlier in the day, the Quebec Provincial Police issued a missing persons report for Poulin and Dumas through the Maine Information and Analysis Center, which is a dissemination point for law enforcement bulletins.
The report advised that both Poulin and Dumas had crossed into the United States through the Jackman Port of Entry at 10:38 a.m. July 28. The report also advised that since that time, there had been no use of either person’s cellphone or credit cards.
Deputies have determined that the vehicle left the road as it traveled south on Route 201 and struck a tree.
“This impact caused the tree to fall onto the car, effectively hiding it from view,” Ross said, adding that the crash area is sparsely populated and heavily wooded, primarily with commercial timberlands. Investigators believe the crash likely occurred on July 28.
Cpl. Ritchie Putnam is leading the investigation. Detective Michael Ross is working to reconstruct the accident.