March 31, 2020

Missing man from Maine chained himself to tree

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — A Maine man missing for a week was found in Northfield early Monday where he had chained himself to a tree.

Larry Doyen, 23, of Mexico was found about 4 a.m.

Doyen told police he chained himself to the tree three days ago to be “closer to God,” and that he stayed alive by drinking his own urine and eating snow.

Doyen has a history of chaining himself to trees and police say this was the sixth time he had done so.

In December 1996, Doyen spent two weeks chained to a tree in his hometown. In that incident, Doyen tied a chain around his neck and then wrapped it around a tree, securing it with two padlocks. He threw the key just out of arm’s reach.

Police in Maine have said that Doyen’s religious beliefs required him to fast occasionally.

After he was found Monday, Doyen was taken to the Central Vermont Hospital and treated for severe frostbite.

He also will undergo treatment by Washington County Mental Health Services.

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