ST. GEORGE — The body of a 71-year-old St. George woman who had been missing since Wednesday morning was found Friday morning, Dec. 9.

A Maine Game Warden and a search team from the Maine Association for Search and Rescue located the body of Francine Laporte at approximately 10 a.m. Friday. Laporte was found deceased in the water on the shore of Long Cove, off of the States Point Road in St. George.

Her body was transported to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta. A medical examiner representative said Monday, Dec. 12 that a cause of death remains under study and could take six to eight weeks to determine.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Communications Director Mark Latti said they undertook the search on land, with boats along the shore and with the help of an airplane.

Assisting the Warden Service throughout the search were the Knox County Sheriff’s Department; Maine Marine Patrol; Maine State Police and State Police Underwater Recovery Team; the St. George Fire Department; the Maine Association for Search and Rescue; Maine Search and Rescue Dogs; U.S. Border Patrol, Rockland Fire Department, U.S. Coast Guard and the town of St. George.

Laporte’s husband Paul Laporte reported her missing Wednesday, Dec. 7. He awoke to find that his wife was not home and after several hours of her not returning he went looking for her. Eventually, he called the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to report her missing.

Her phone was left at the residence and authorities believe she likely left the residence on States Point Road on foot.

Google map of the area by States Point Road in St. George.