May 23, 2016

Boy identified in St. Albans drowning

[St. Albans, Maine – May 23, 2016] The body recovered by game wardens yesterday in St. Albans has been positively identified as four-year-old Maxwell Brawn. The manner and cause of death was ruled as an accidental drowning by the Medical Examiner’s Office. The investigation and interviews conducted by Maine Game Wardens, Somerset County Deputies, and Maine State Police detectives has supported the findings that this is a tragic accident.

Incident synopsis: At approximately 4:30 PM yesterday, the Maine Warden Service and Somerset County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a residence on the Ballad Road in St. Albans regarding a search for Brawn. A ground search was initiated in the immediate area of the boy’s residence.

A State Police trooper K9 team attempted to track while other ground searchers looked in wooded areas surrounding the house. Clues led to a farm pond next door on property owned by the boy’s uncle. As a result, the Maine Warden Service Dive Team responded. Game warden divers entered the water and recovered the boy’s body at approximately 6:50 PM in seven feet of water.

No charges are expected in this case. This is a tragic accident, a worst case scenario for a parent. The family of Maxwell Brawn has asked that media refrain from contacting them during this time of mourning. If and when they decide to reach out to the media, they will do so through a family spokesperson.