STETSON, Maine — A group of people collecting fiddleheads Saturday morning made a grisly discovery when they found the remains of a man who had not been seen for several months, Maine State Police Lt. Wesley D. Hussey said Monday.
Joshua Mishio, 32, lived in the area, Hussey said. Mishio never was reported missing, the lieutenant added.
“The medical examiner at the scene feels the remains were there for most of the winter,” the lieutenant said.
Maine State Police Detective Brian Strout said Tuesday that Mishio’s wife contacted police seven months ago but did not file an official missing person report.
“She had called in October … to report no one had seen him,” the detective said. “She didn’t suspect anything at the time.”
The man’s body was discovered off Merrill Road around 10 a.m. Saturday. A neighbor said that police dogs also were at the scene on Sunday.
Mishio’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy, which was started on Monday, according to administrator Mark Belserene.
What killed Mishio is not known, but is under investigation, Hussey said.
“I’m hoping by the end of the week to have a cause of death,” he said.
At this point nothing about the death looks suspicious, Hussey said, adding that a cause of death will determine where the investigation goes from here.
No evidence of any weapons was found at the scene, the lieutenant said.