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Caribou Teen Drowns In Aroostook River

| May 26, 2014

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One family is in mourning after the body of an 18 year old Caribou man was recovered from the Aroostook river.

An intense search effort Monday (5/26/14) morning turned up the body of an 18 year old who was last seen attempting to swim across the Aroostook river in Caribou.

Game Warden Sergeant Dan Menard, “just as we were ready to deploy our divers he was found located hung up under water near an island in the river.”

Game wardens have identified the 18 year old as Wayne Estabrook of Caribou.  His body was taken away after being located at about 8:30 Monday morning near the boat landing where he had entered the water Sunday evening.

Menard, “it’s a witnessed drowning so basically people knew he went in and was last seen bobbing in the water down stream.”

Game wardens responded to the boat landing area around 6pm Sunday with water crafts, a plane, and fire and ambulance crews from Caribou.  That search was suspended due to darkness.  Estabrook was with at least 3 other people as they were picking fiddleheads that evening.

Menard, “we’ll tie together our stuff and work with the M-E’s office like we do typically with every drowning or incident that we’re involved in, but at this point we don’t suspect anything out of the ordinary or any foul play or anything like that, but we’re going to investigate everything fully.”

No further details on 18 year old Estabrook are being provided as the family has requested Newssource 8 to respect their privacy.  Sergeant Menard says the river is very cold and has some spots with strong currents, which can be factored in to the drowning of a young mans’ life cut short.


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