UPDATED Nov. 8, 2019: The autopsy on Herbert Winship of Saco has been completed, but authorities are waiting on toxicology reports and further tests before releasing findings. It is expected to take upwards of four weeks before results will be returned to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
No further updates are expected until that time.
Original release from Nov. 7, 2019.
The Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit assisted the Saco Police Department with a death investigation earlier today. At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning, two hunters approached a State Trooper parked near the Flag Pond Road overpass on the Maine Turnpike to report they had discovered the body of a male subject in the woods nearby. Investigators from the State Police and Saco Police Department responded to the scene located approximately a quarter of a mile into the woods from the Flag Pond Road overpass.
The victim was identified as 48-year-old Herbert Winship of Saco. Winship was involved in a high speed chase just before midnight on Saturday night with Saco Police when an officer directed him to stop his motorcycle in the parking lot of VIP Tires and Service on Route 1 after observing a traffic violation. Winship failed to comply with the officer and traveled northbound on Route 1 eluding police. He parked his motorcycle at Rinaldi Energy on Route 1 in Saco and fled the area of foot. A Scarborough Police officer found the abandoned motorcycle and began a canine track attempting to locate Winship, but was unable to find him.
An autopsy is scheduled for Friday morning at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta to determine the cause and manner of death. The Saco Fire Department and the Maine Warden Service also assisted at the scene.