BRIDGTON, Maine — A local man was found dead late Monday night in Peabody Pond after he failed to return home from a fishing trip, authorities said.

Mark Peters, 58, had been reported missing by his wife around 9 p.m. Monday, according to Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald.

Peters had gone fishing alone around 10 a.m. and was supposed to return home at dusk but did not, MacDonald said. Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies found his vehicle at the pond’s boat launch in Sebago.

A search of the pond was conducted by game wardens and a sheriff’s deputy, and Peters’ canoe was found submerged on the Bridgton side of the pond around 11:30 p.m. His body was found a short time later, about 12 feet from shore, also on the Bridgton side.

Peters was not wearing a life jacket although one was found near his body. The case remains under investigation.

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