Maine: Body of missing young man, Ryan Messer, 25, found by Maine Forest Service

The Maine Forest Service helicopter found the body of Ryan Messer, 25, of Hermon on May 2 at 3:24 p.m. in Carmel.
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The body of the young man who went missing over two weeks ago was found on Thursday.

The Maine Forest Service helicopter found the body of Ryan Messer, 25, of Hermon on May 2 at 3:24 p.m. in Carmel.

The Maine Warden Service had a K9 team nearby and was able to respond. The Maine Association of Search and Rescue and Maine Search and Rescue Dogs also helped in the search.

Messer was last seen on Sunday, April 14 around 3:30 p.m. on Spruce Street in Hermon.

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His body will be taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the cause of death.

This is an ongoing investigation.

This story will be updated as more information becomes made available.

Maine: 1 killed in fiery Hampden crash, police trying to identify victim

A single car went off the road on I-95 into several trees and burst into flames on April 30 around 5:15 p.m., according to Maine’s Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland.

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HAMPDEN, Maine — Maine State Police are still trying to identify the driver who died in a fiery crash  along I-95 southbound in Hampden Tuesday afternoon.

The single car went off the road into several trees and burst into flames on April 30 around 5:15 p.m., according to Maine’s Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland.

McCausland said the vehicle is registered in southern Maine. Troopers are still trying to determine who was driving it.

The crash happened near mile marker 176, located between the Route 69 exit in Newburgh (174) and the Coldbrook Road exit in Hampden (180).

Smoke could be seen a distance away from the scene.

Drivers were advised to seek alternate routes until the scene was cleared about two hours later.

Real-time traffic maps showed traffic backed up as far as two miles.

Maine: Samantha Rinaldi, 40, struck, killed by alleged drunk driver, Jay Westra, 58, in Gray.

A source close to the investigation tells NEWS CENTER Maine the alleged driver, Jay Westra, is the husband of Kristin Westra, whose body was found after an extensive search by law enforcement in October 2018.
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Jay Westra, husband of missing North Yarmouth woman, speaks

GRAY, Maine — A 40-year-old woman was hit and killed by a vehicle on Yarmouth Road in Gray Saturday night. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies and Gray Fire and Rescue responded to the scene around 7:45 p.m. and found Samantha Rinaldi of Gray unresponsive in the road. Investigators believe she was a pedestrian and Rinaldi was transported to Maine Medical Center where she later died.

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Woman hit by alleged drunk driver in Gray last night. She was transported to Maine Medical Center where she later died. The driver is at the Cumberland Country jail on suspicion of OUI http://bit.ly/2GEhe1f 

Deputies arrested 58-year-old Jay Westra of North Yarmouth for allegedly operating under the influence.

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A source close to the investigation confirmed to NEWS CENTER Maine that Jay Westra is the husband of Kristin Westra, whose body was found after an extensive search by law enforcement in October 2018. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner determined Kristin Westra death was by suicide.

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Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office says Westra’s 11-year-old daughter was in the 2015 Honda Civic at the time of the crash.

Yarmouth Road is now open after being closed for approximately 30 minutes.

Cumberland County Detective’s Bureau and reconstructionists from Windham and Gorham Police Departments are investigating.

The mortal remains of Thomas Lynch’s, missing since September 2018, recovered near Stillwater Avenue in Bangor

Bangor Police and the Maine Warden Service found the remains in a wooded area.
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BANGOR, Maine — Bangor Police and the Maine Warden Service found human remains in a wooded area near 900 Stillwater Avenue on Sunday.

The Warden Service called Bangor Police around 10 a.m. Sunday to tell them they had found the remains.

Both the fiancee and the daughter of Thomas Lynch say that the remains discovered are his.

RELATED: Police ask for help in locating missing Bangor man

Police said in March of this year that Lynch went missing in September of 2018. Police said he was last seen entering a wooded area near 829 Stillwater Avenue in Bangor.

Missing Thomas Lynch

about 4 months ago

September 8th to December 28th. 
No news. No leads. Praying for answers. One day at a time. Please, will someone come forward. Praying.

 

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Sgt. Wade Betters wrote in an e-mail that the remains have been recovered and will be sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for identification.

900 Stillwater Avenue is the address of a Wal Mart in Bangor.

We will update this story when more information becomes available

Maine: Missing Wiscasset man, Casey Main, found dead in car

The cause of Casey’s death has still not been determined, but officials believe Main drove his vehicle into the Back River from the parking lot of the Old Ferry Road boat launch.
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WISCASSET, Maine — The search for missing man from Wiscasset, Casey Main, came to a close Saturday afternoon when police discovered Main’s body inside his 2003 Toyota Camry.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office say the search on April 27th was conducted in Wiscasset on the Back River near a boat launch off Old Ferry Road.

RELATED | Search continues for Wiscasset man with medical condition

The cause of Main’s death has still not been determined, but officials believe Main drove his vehicle into the Back River from the parking lot of the Old Ferry Road boat launch.

Main was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

His death did not appear to be suspicious.

Maine: Remains in Augusta identified as Megan Gregory, two years missing.

The human remains found in the Augusta woods in April 2019 have been identified as those of 29-year-old Megan Gregory who went missing June 2017.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The human remains found in the Augusta woods have been identified as those of Megan Gregory. Police were called to the densely wooded area south of the Route 3, near Cushnoc bridge where human remains had been found on April 7.

On Wednesday, April 24 the Medical Examiner Office used dental records to identify the body as Megan Gregory who was almost 28-years-old went she went missing in June 2017.

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Police say evidence collected at the scene indicates Gregory’s death was not suspicious and that her remains had been in the wooded area since she was reporting missing almost two years ago.

An official cause of death has not been determined by the Medical Examiner Office.

Police had said that Megan Gregory disappeared without a trace when she was last seen in a hotel parking lot in Augusta.

Gregory had spoken to her long-time friend, Stephanie Miller, every day before she disappeared. Miller told NEWS CENTER Maine that Gregory was staying at someone’s home and it was not a good situation.

Conditions hamper Saturday search for David Henry Dietrich, Wisconsin man who fell in Kennebec River on Thursday

Jeff Nichols with the Maine Marine Patrol said visibility for searching underneath the water was only four to eight inches.

 

BATH, Maine — Maine Marine Patrol is still searching for a Wisconsin man who fell into the Kennebec River Thursday night.

Weather and river conditions on Saturday made searching difficult. Jeff Nichols with the Maine Marine Patrol said visibility for searching underneath the water was only four to eight inches, and that the current was very swift. He also said the water was very high.

RELATED: Wis. man who fell into Kennebec River ID’d; search continues

David Henry Dieterich of Racine, Wisconsin, was in Bath on a work assignment with his company Marshall Erecting, police said.

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search at about noon Friday.

Dieterich, a Bath Iron Works sub-contractor, was part of a small group of coworkers gathered on a floating dock by the north parking lot at Kennebec Tavern that had been roped off at the time of the fall, police said.

So far, they have not found anything.

Tomorrow, they plan to search the area near the dock where the man reportedly fell in.