RAINBOW TOWNSHIP, Maine — A search of Bean Brook in Piscataquis County ended late Sunday with the discovery of the body of a Medford teenager who apparently died while fishing, officials said Tuesday.
Maine Game Warden Paul Farrington and his search dog discovered the body of 18-year-old Darren Clement submerged in the brook shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, Corp. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service said in a press statement. The body was due to be examined at the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta.
Calls to the medical examiner’s office and MacDonald were not returned Tuesday.
Clement had gone fishing with his uncle and cousin in Bean Brook earlier that day. He separated from them, as was their plan. When he failed to return several hours later, they became alarmed and called for rescuers, MacDonald said.
The next indication of trouble was the discovery of Clement’s fishing creel, or basket, along the shoreline around 8 p.m. That came shortly before Farrington found the body. The search also involved several game wardens and an aircraft, MacDonald said.
Clement was a senior at Penobscot Valley High School of Howland. Extra counseling support was available at the high school Tuesday to help students and staff deal with the sudden trauma of the loss, AOS 43 Superintendent Michael Wright said.
“They know where they can go to seek that kind of help,” Wright said in an email Tuesday. “He was a senior and it doesn’t get much harder than that, losing a student, a senior, days before graduation. In a small community, everyone is impacted.”
AOS 43 serves Medford, a Piscataquis County town of about 200 residents west of Maxfield, and eight other towns of northern Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.