ROME, Maine — A snowshoer from Mount Vernon who was found dead along a hiking trail Thursday night has been identified as Brian Peters of Mount Vernon, according to the Maine Warden Service.
Peters was last seen around 1 p.m. Thursday in a parking area, where he left his car to hike a trail that leads to the top of Round Top Mountain.
Peters was found dead Thursday night after he was reported overdue home by his wife. Peters was located by searchers along a hiking trail in Rome late Thursday evening
Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald said members of the Rome Fire Department found his body just after 9 p.m. while searching alongside game wardens.
Searchers combed several trails off the Watson Pond Road.
The Maine chief medical examiner’s office is expected to officially determine the cause of the man’s death.
MacDonald said Friday that despite an initial report indicating that Peters’ death could have been due to exposure, it now appears that his death may have been the result of a medical problem.
The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office will be evaluating this incident.
State game wardens said that Peters was well prepared for hiking and had good communication with his family regarding his hiking trip.
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Bangor Daily News writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.