Dead man identified by Brunswick police

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BRUNSWICK — The Police Department has identified the man found dead in the woods off Bath Road on Dec. 22, 2011.

Raymond Graebe, 79, of Brunswick, was determined to have committed suicide, according to the state medical examiner’s office. According to detective Sgt. Martin Rinaldi, Graebe had been terminally ill with cancer.

The case was an unusual one for the police, who solicited the help of the public in identifying Graebe. After receiving about 30 tips, detectives visited the apartment of one of the suggested individuals, an elderly man who hadn’t been seen for some time.

Detectives took a hair sample from a mirror and an article of clothing found in the apartment and found they matched the dead man’s DNA.

Graebe did not have many local relatives and had never been reported missing, Rinaldi said, which made solving the case more difficult.