December 17, 2018
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Wardens believe they found body of missing Maine priest

The Maine Warden Service said Saturday night that they believe they have located the body of the Rev. Clement Thibodeau, an 85-year-old Catholic priest from Caribou who had been missing since July 15.

Shortly before noon on Saturday, a man clearing trails near Upper Pistol Lake, south of Springfield, found Thibodeau’s gray 2013 Chevrolet Equinox stuck near a remote road, Cpl. John MacDonald said.

The man then called the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, which sent state game wardens to the area.

Shortly after they arrived, the wardens found the body of a man they believe to be that Thibodeau. The state medical examiner’s office has been asked to identify the remains, which MacDonald said could occur by as early as Monday.

The body was found near Thibodeau’s vehicle. MacDonald said that game wardens do not suspect foul play.

Search efforts earlier this summer included investigating cellphone pings produced by his phone. That information led searchers to the Lee area, about 12 miles northwest of where Thibodeau’s vehicle was found.

Thibodeau was a pastor at Notre Dame Church in Waterville from 1980 to 1987 according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland.

 


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