BODY DISCOVERED: Man's death ruled 'suspicious'Follow-up article: Death not suspicious?
By Alan Crowell, Morning Sentinel staff
Morning Sentinel staff photo
FOUND BODY: Jake Hickey, left, and his brother, Ben, of Watervillle speak on Sunday about finding the body of a male down by the Kennebec River behind the Morning Sentinel building off Front Street. The teenagers were down by the river while waiting for their father, reporter Colin Hickey, inside the building. Police officers, from left, William Bonney, Tim Hinton, Chief Joe Massey and Kris Mckenna wait for state police investigators in the back parking lot.
WATERVILLE -- Police are investigating the suspicious death of an unidentified man whose body was found behind the Morning Sentinel building off Front Street Sunday night.[...]
"We are treating it as a suspicious death," said Gould late Sunday night after the body was recovered.
The body, that of a white male with short dark hair, was about 20 feet down a steep embankment that ends at the Kennebec River. It was between 5 and 10 feet from the river, near a platform that juts out from the bank. It was lying face down on top of the snow, clothed in blue jeans but naked from the waist up. Blood was clearly visible on the upper part of the back. One arm was folded under the corpse.
Waterville police strung yellow crime scene tape over a section of the river bank about 100 yards long Sunday night, as they waited for state police and a representative of the chief medical examiner's office.
At about 8 p.m., a hearse from Gallant Funeral Home arrived, and police used a section of rope to pull the body, encased in blue plastic, up the embankment.
The body was discovered by two brothers who were waiting in the parking lot for their father, a Morning Sentinel reporter.
Ben and Jake Hickey, the children of reporter Colin Hickey, discovered the remains at about 5 p.m. Ben, 17, said he and his brother had planned to climb down the bank to watch the fast-flowing river, but got no further than the top of a snow bank.
Jake, 14, was the first to see it.
"I said, 'Oh my God, is that a dead body?'" said Jake Hickey.
He then ran into the Sentinel and told his father. Matt DiFilippo, a sports reporter, said the boy seemed shaken after running up the stairs. Leaving the office with the boys and their father, DiFilippo saw the corpse and ran across the street to the police station to report it to a dispatcher.
"He said 'Are you sure it is not a mannequin?'" said DiFilippo.
"I said 'No, I don't think so, there is blood on his back,'" said DiFilippo.
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Monday, March 17, 2008
Body found behind Morning Sentinel office
I wonder if these boys are going to take up their father's trade of reporting after this early start to their investigative careers? See link below story for the latest.