State police detectives have a "promising lead" on the identity of a body found Wednesday morning, Jan. 25, in woods behind a group of stores off Route 1 in Thomaston.

A formal identification and a cause of death await work by the Maine Medical Examiner's office, according to a news release from Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The person is not believed to be from Knox County and the body has been there for months, McCausland stated.

Thomaston Police Chief Kevin Haj said the body was found by a man who had gone into the woods to urinate, the chief said. The location is up an embankment adjacent to a parking lot behind shops that include Dunkin' Donuts.

The police were called at about 9:30 a.m. Thomaston police roped off the area with yellow tape and called in the Maine State Police. State police detectives were on the scene at noon and were awaiting the arrival of a mobile state public safety laboratory.

The chief said he could not see any signs of trauma and there were no weapons near the body.

He said that he checked on missing person reports locally and there were none involving local people.