Death of Freeport man who went missing ruled a suicide

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FREEPORT — A local man whose remains were discovered in northern Maine on Wednesday died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Dean Levasseur, 24, is believed to have shot himself around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, McCausland said.

Levasseur’s body was discovered in a wooded area of Howland, about a quarter mile from a stage where he was supposed to play with his band at an outdoor party last Saturday night.

McCausland said an autopsy by the Office of the State Medical Examiner established the cause of death, and an investigation by Maine State Police detectives determined Levasseur used a handgun he bought about a month ago.

Police said Levasseur was supposed to play at an outdoor party called Chickenfest, held annually by University of Maine students in woods off Route 155 and Interstate 95.

Levasseur left his guitar at the stage and was last seen around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.