Maine State Police Detectives were called to Sherman yesterday because of human remains discovered in the woods near mile 269 off Interstate 95. The remains have been transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta where an exam will be conducted later. It is believed that the remains are those of an adult male. Investigators are working on determining the identity of the deceased. No foul play is suspected.
State Police are investigating the discovery of human remains in Sandy Stream in Unity. The discovery was made by kayakers last Friday. They contacted the Waldo Sheriff's Office. State Police Detectives collected the remains and have consulted with the State Medical Examiner’s office. The remains appear to be an adult man and likely have been in the stream for several years. Detectives, Game Wardens and State Police Evidence Technicians conducted searches of the area this week and more are planned, both in the stream and in the immediate area. Investigators also have reviewed missing persons cases on file, but there is no obvious match. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call State Police in Augusta at 207-624-7076.
State Police say they believe the body found yesterday in Jonesport is 43 year old William Merchant, who has been missing for nearly 11 months. An autopsy was completed today at the State Medical Examiner's Office and no determination was made on the cause of the death because of the condition of the remains. However detectives say there was no evidence of foul play. Additional work will be completed by the State Police DNA Lab to determine Merchant's positive identification, however items found with the body indicate it is him.