Police say dead body found in Rockport was sex assault suspect

By Stephen Betts | Nov 08, 2017
Photo by: Knox County Jail Kevin Mitchell

Rockport — A Lewiston man who had been sought by police since April for sexual assaults was the deceased person found Nov. 1 by a hunter in Rockport.

The Maine Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Nov. 8 that the badly decomposed body found about 500 yards into the woods off Mt. Pleasant Road in Rockport near the Hope town line was that of 44-year-old Kevin C. Mitchell.

A cause of death has yet to be determined and will be pending results from toxicological tests, a Medical Examiner's Office spokeswoman said.

Mitchell was the subject of a felony investigation by the Lewiston Police Department and had warrants for his arrest for four counts of Class A gross sexual assault, two counts of Class A unlawful sexual contact, and one count of Class B unlawful sexual contact.

He was reported missing April 29 and his car was found in Union at approximately 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, on Mt. Pleasant Road in Union.

Mitchell had ties to Union when he was younger, police said. A search of the Mt. Pleasant Road area by Knox County Sheriff’s Office personnel and Maine Warden Service K-9 Units in the days after discovery of the car did not locate him.

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