Body of missing Newcastle man located in Union
Rockland — The search for a missing Newcastle man ended Oct. 22 when a team of searchers found his body in the woods in Union.
In coordinated search efforts with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Game Warden Michelle Merrifield, the officials located the body of Kent Bradley Winchenbach, 56, off Bump Hill Road in Union.
Winchenbach was reported missing to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Oct. 18 after leaving his residence in Newcastle to go to the store, according to a news release from the Knox County Sheriffs Office. He had not returned or made contact with anyone by late afternoon.
Winchenbach had a medical condition of concern, and it was discovered that he had not taken his medication, said the news release. Investigation continued through the weekend by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
A hunter had seen a vehicle fitting the description belonging to Winchenbach at the end of Bump Hill Road in Union on Oct. 21. A search of the area with deputies and K-9 units from Lincoln County and the Maine Warden Service revealed nothing at that time, according to the release.
On the morning of Oct. 22, members of the Lincoln County and Knox County Sheriff's Offices formed a more extensive search of the area, said the release. The effort continued with a ground search and area interviews with people who knew Winchenbach, and with the dive team from the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office searching the waters of the Medomak River.
Warden Merrifield and Trooper Shawn Porter searched the area extensively with their canines. In the late afternoon, Winchenbach's body was found approximately 300 yards in the woods from the location where his truck was found by Merrifield.
The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office is responsible for determining the cause of death and will decide whether an autopsy needs to be done, police said.
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