Machias Man Found in Alley Dies Later



ELLSWORTH — A 64-year-old Machias man found in an alley between Pine and Main streets about 7 a.m. Jan. 11 died later at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, police said.

Ronald LaCasse of Machias appears to have died of hypothermia, according to initial reports.

The state Medical Examiner’s Office will investigate.

Officer Christopher Smith said LaCasse was found lying on his stomach.

“He was fairly cold. We couldn’t rouse him,” Smith said. “He appeared to be sleeping. He later died in the emergency room.”

Smith said the alleyway is behind Mike’s Country Store on Water Street and the man was discovered by employees reporting for work at Maine Shellfish Co.

Smith said LaCasse was clothed only in jeans, a T-shirt, sweater, sneakers and baseball cap.

“He was not dressed for the temperatures, that’s for sure,” Smith said.

The National Weather Service reported temperatures of 15 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday morning, with the wind chill factor bringing the temperature down to 5 degrees.

Smith said he could smell alcohol in the vicinity, but the odor could have come from beer cans strewn around the area.

“It’s a place where teenagers hang out,” Smith said. “People who walk to some of the downtown areas from the other side of town might cut through there. I’ve never seen anyone sleeping there. I’ve never seen the man before. I don’t think he meant to end up where he ended up.”

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Jacqueline Weaver

Jacqueline Weaver

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Jacqueline's beat covers the eastern Hancock County towns of Lamoine through Gouldsboro as well as Steuben in Washington County. She was a reporter for the New York Times, United Press International and Reuters before moving to Maine. She also publicized medical research at Yale School of Medicine and scientific findings at Yale University for nine years.[email protected]
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