Death in Amherst ruled homicide

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AMHERST (AP) – An Ellsworth man whose body was found in a ditch last week in the eastern Maine town of Amherst was the victim of a homicide, state police said.

Shortly after Tad Howard’s body was found July 9, investigators labeled the 27-year-old man’s death as suspicious. An autopsy was performed, but police aren’t saying how Howard was killed. State police Sgt. Troy Gardner said Wednesday the case is being treated as a homicide.

Howard’s body was found by a man who was mowing grass near the entrance to a subdivision off state Route 9.

Gardner, the lead investigator in the case, revealed no details about the investigation, but said Wednesday that police do not believe anyone else is in danger.

“If we believed there was a threat, we would have acted on that,” he said. Amherst, which has about 230 residents, is located in northwestern Hancock County.

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