BRUNSWICK (AP) – Skeletal remains found in April have been identified through DNA testing as those of a Freeport man who vanished nearly a year and a half ago.

The state medical examiner’s office said Tuesday there was no evidence of foul play in the death of James Michael Martin, who was 48 when he disappeared. But the cause of Martin’s death may never be known, because investigators found only a partial skeleton and no organs.

Martin’s remains were found April 25 by a Central Maine Power surveyor near railroad tracks off the Church Road in Brunswick.

Brunswick police Cmdr. Donald Goulet said it appeared as if Martin had been camping under a pine tree, though there was no shelter or evidence of a fire.

Freeport police said Martin’s wife, Marcia, reported her husband missing in January of last year.

Earlier this year, she began circulating a flier that indicated her husband may have been suffering from depression.

Before his disappearance, Martin’s wife said her husband had trouble sleeping, became disoriented at times and experienced periods where he had no energy. She said he was taking an anti-depressant.

Authorities said they found a prescription pill bottle next to the remains with Martin’s name on the label.

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