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Kayakers find human remains in stream in Unity

The discovery was made May 29 by kayakers, who contacted the Waldo County Sheriff's Office. Police say the remains were likely in the stream for several years.
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UNITY, Maine — Update (July 13): 

Maine State Police detectives have done multiple searches in the stream and the dive team has done underwater work in the deeper part of the stream, in addition to 3 different searches from Thorndike to Unity. No further remains were discovered. 

They still don’t know who the remains are from, nor have they been able to match it to any missing person. At this point, it appears the remains have been there for many years. 

They say they've exhausted the options in Maine but they will extract DNA in another state to see if they can match the profile of the skeleton to a missing person (that typically takes from 9 months to a year according to the officer). 

Original Story (June 3)

The Maine State Police Department is investigating the discovery of human remains in Sandy Stream in Unity. 

The discovery was made Friday, May 29 by kayakers, who contacted the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.

Maine State Police Detectives collected the remains and have consulted with the State Medical Examiner’s office. Police said the remains appear to be an adult man and likely have been in the stream for several years.

Detectives, Game Wardens and State Police Evidence Technicians conducted searches of the area this week and more are planned, both in the stream and in the immediate area. Investigators also have reviewed missing persons cases on file, but there is no obvious match. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Maine State Police in Augusta at (207) 624-7076. 

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