May 26, 2019

Body of Millinocket woman found in Penobscot River

TOWNSHIP 3 RANGE 11 — An autopsy will be performed today on the body of a 53-year-old Millinocket woman whose body was found by wardens and volunteers early Saturday morning in the West Branch of the Penobscot River.

Warden Sgt. Roger Guay said the body of Mary Russell of Millinocket, who had been missing since Thursday, was found about 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

He said her body was found at the base of the Big Eddy in an area known as the cribwork, located about 300 yards from the Telos Bridge, where her car had been found on Thursday with a note in it to family members. The Telos bridge is located 30 to 40 miles northwest of Millinocket on the Golden Road.

Guay said Russell’s body was transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta. He said an autopsy would be performed to determine the cause of death, which he said is not suspicious.

Investigators say the woman, who had been suffering from a disabling disease, may have taken her own life.

Great Northern Paper Inc. officials cut back water flows Friday night to assist wardens in their ground search on Saturday. It took about 10 wardens and 50 people from four different search and rescue teams along with six dogs about 30 minutes to find Russell’s body.

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