RICHMOND — State police investigators found human remains in a wooded area off Lincoln Street in Richmond on Monday morning.

Lt. Christopher Coleman of the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit said Monday that the case is being treated as suspicious. He said it was too early to determine the age or gender of the subject or how long the remains had been in the wooded area off Lincoln Street.

However, a news release issued Monday morning by Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said the body appears to be that of an adult.

“We’re working to process that area and at the appropriate time [the remains] will be taken to the medical examiner for possible identification,” Coleman said.

The Gardiner and Westbrook police departments also were taking part in the ongoing investigation.

Westbrook Police Capt. Mike Nugent said Monday that a subject arrested at about 12:30 a.m. Monday on Main Street in Westbrook on an out-of-state warrant provided information that led to the search in Richmond.

“In the course of processing the arrest, the person made some statements and that information was passed on to the police in Gardiner and Richmond. Based on that information, they found the body.”

Nugent declined to release the name of the person arrested, but said no charges other than those on the warrant had yet been filed against the person.

Gardiner Police Chief James Toman said Monday that the investigation involved several jurisdictions and several agencies, but Coleman declined to be more specific.

McCausland confirmed early Monday afternoon that detectives were at several locations throughout the day continuing the investigation.

At 1 p.m., Gardiner police were at 16 Cannard St., where yellow police tape cordoned off two of three apartments and a Dumpster in the parking lot.

A neighbor who declined to give his name said the investigation apparently involved a father and son who live in one of the apartments.

Another neighbor said Gardiner police were at the 16 Cannard St. home on Sunday night.

Police at the scene declined to comment, but said they expected additional officers at the scene later Monday.

The human remains were discovered at about dawn Monday. Coleman said the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office was notified early Monday morning. The sheriff’s department called state police, who were on scene at about 7 a.m.

No one was in custody at 11 a.m. as a result of the death, Coleman said.

“We’re in the preliminary stages of investigating how this person died,” he said.

State police closed one end of Lincoln Street to traffic, while the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office blocked traffic from the other end. A few blocks from downtown Richmond, the section of Lincoln Street closed to traffic is an area near the town’s transfer station, where the roadway switches from pavement to dirt, with wooded areas on both sides. The paved area of Lincoln Street is residential.

Coleman said police plan to offer more details at a news conference in Gardiner at 4 p.m.

Staff report

RICHMOND — The remains of what appears to be an adult were found Monday around dawn in a wooded area near Lincoln Street, authorities said.

Maine State Police are investigating the find made by a Sagadahoc County deputy after police received information Sunday night.

A team of detectives was at the scene late Monday morning working with the Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

The remains are expected to be taken to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta for autopsy and identification, McCausland said.

Police scheduled a 4 p.m. press conference to update media on the investigation.


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