Bath police investigating apparent drug-related death

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BATH — Police are looking for people who could shed light on the circumstances behind the death of a man whose body was discovered Jan. 14 at the Hampton Inn, 140 Commercial St.

The body of 35-year-old Sean Duffy, who lived and worked in the Bath area, was found on Jan. 14 at about 3 p.m. by hotel staff. Preliminary indications were Duffy died of an overdose caused by illegally obtained prescription drugs.

As part of the investigation, detectives located Mark Watrous, 31, a transient who has spent time in Bath, to discuss events leading up to Duffy’s death. He was arrested at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday on an outstanding warrant  for failing to appear in court for a motor vehicle offense.

Detectives interviewed Watrous and obtained a statement, Bath Lt. Stan Cielinski said in an email Thursday morning. He said the investigation is continuing, and that Watrous was unable to make $750 cash bail and was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail.

Investigators said the only charge Watrous is facing is the outstanding warrant for his arrest, and that police only want to speak to him as part of the investigation.

“We right now still think it’s an overdose death,” Cielinski said Wednesday, “but there were some people that had contact with (Duffy) before he passed away – the same day, we believe – and Mark Watrous’ name is one of the names that came up.”

Cielinski said it appears Duffy willingly took the drugs and then accidentally overdosed.

Police are awaiting a report from the medical examiner’s office on the cause Duffy’s death. On Wednesday they expressed their concern about “the persistent crisis of prescription drug abuse in Maine,” noting that “this death is another reminder of the gravity of the problem and its impact on our community.”

The department encouraged people seeking information or help with addiction to call Mid Coast Hospital’s Addiction Resource Center at 1-800-244-3805.

Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.