WALDOBORO — Human remains discovered Thanksgiving Day have been identified as a local man who was missing for more than a year, Waldoboro Police Chief John Lash said.

In a Thursday, Dec. 8 press release, Lash said the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner had identified the remains as being that of Douglas Barter of Waldoboro. Barter had been missing since Nov. 8, 2021.

A hunter found the remains off Old County Road in Waldoboro on Nov. 24 and reported them to law enforcement. Waldoboro Police Department and members of the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit responded to the scene.

Barter was last seen after leaving Miles Memorial Emergency Department on foot against medical advice. He was reported missing Nov. 9, 2021, when he did not return home.

Many efforts were made to find Barter, including Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service, Maine Marine Patrol, Waldoboro Police Department, Damariscotta Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and several organized civilian efforts

Foul play is not suspected.

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