HANCOCK — The Maine State Police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the death of a man found dead in his partially burned vehicle Monday afternoon here.
State Police Spokesman Steve McCausland said the State Medical Examiner’s office would likely perform an autopsy today.
Investigators believe the man is Lyle Gibson, 51, of Ellsworth, McCausland said. His positive identification will be made by the medical examiner. Gibson’s wife, Nichole, had been a passenger in the Jeep and had walked to a nearby home to call the wrecker, McCausland said.
The body was discovered after a wrecker operator was called to the scene to tow a Jeep stuck along the Simmons Pond Road, which had not been plowed, police said.
Fire marshal investigators will attempt to determine why the vehicle caught fire, said McCausland. The Jeep was transported to the State Police crime lab in Augusta Monday night.
The Simmons Pond Road is off the Wyman Road.
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