Man dies in apparent drowning on Branch Lake

ELLSWORTH — A man died in an apparent drowning at Branch Lake on Sunday while working on the waterfront at his home.

Police Chief Glenn Moshier said 73-year-old Fred Jagels Jr. was found floating in the water in front of his home at 71 Wildwood Drive early Sunday afternoon.

“His wife reported that he had been down there working on the dock and the boat for a couple of hours when she went down to get him for lunch,” Moshier said.

Jagels’ wife, Jane, brought his body to shore and notified their son who lives just a couple doors down on the same road. Wildwood Drive is a small dirt road located off of Hansons Landing Road on the north end of Branch Lake. There are about a dozen residences on Wildwood Drive.

Police were called to the scene around 12:40 p.m. They were joined at the scene by the Maine Warden Service and County Ambulance.

Jagels’ body has been taken to the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for an autopsy to determine his specific cause of death. Moshier said it appears to be an accidental drowning, but said the medical examiner also will look to determine whether there may have been a medical event as well.

“There is nothing at all suspicious,” Moshier said. “There was no sign of any trauma or anything like that.”

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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