City police respond to multiple unattended deaths in past week



ELLSWORTH — Police have dealt with four separate cases in the past week where residents were found dead in their homes.

All but one of the deaths appear to be from natural causes, police said. The other case remains under investigation this week.

The first case occurred on April 12, when police were called shortly after 8:30 p.m. to assist County Ambulance personnel at a medical call at an apartment on Water Street.

The 62-year-old man “passed away from apparent natural causes,” police said in a report.

About 23 hours later, police were asked to conduct a well-being check on a woman who lived off of the Surry Road.

Upon responding, police found the 57-year-old woman was dead. Police said the woman had existing medical issues prior to her death.

On April 15, around 8:45 a.m., police were called to an apartment on Downeast Highway to assist County Ambulance “with an unresponsive 22-year-old male.”

Police and ambulance personnel tried to revive the man but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead.

Police Chief Glenn Moshier said the State Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the young man’s death.

On Easter afternoon, April 16, a 61-year-old woman was found dead at a Cards Court residence.

Moshier said the woman had been under a doctor’s care and was apparently dealing with health issues at the time of her death.

In addition to the four deaths, police responded to other calls involving individuals facing life-threatening conditions.

On the morning of April 13, shortly after 10:30, police were asked by staff at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to conduct a well-being check on a Mariaville Road resident.

The resident, who has stage 4 cancer, was found to be OK at the time.

Later that same day, around 5:40 p.m., police received a call about a man living in an apartment on Bridge Hill who “was having some kind of medical emergency.” The man was said to be “breathing but unresponsive.”

The man was taken by County Ambulance to Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for treatment. Police said the man had just earlier been released from the hospital for treatment of a medical issue.

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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