Missing Freeport man found dead in woods

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FREEPORT — The body of a Freeport man who disappeared Saturday night in woods in northern Maine was found Wednesday.

Dean Levasseur, 24, was found a few hundred feet from a concert stage set up in the woods in Howland, off Interstate 295. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said the investigation by Maine State Police and the Maine Game Warden Service will now focus on the cause of Levasseur’s death.

McCausland said a game warden and a search dog found Levasseur after more than three days of searches that included police, game wardens, forest rangers and volunteers working on the ground and in the air.

Levasseur was last seen Saturday night, when he was supposed to perform at gathering of University of Maine students in the woods.

A missing persons report for Levasseur was filed with Freeport police, but search efforts have been focused on the area north of Orono, where several hundred students were gathered for the annual “Chickenfest”outdoor party.

Levasseur and his band were slated to play Saturday night. Police said he arrived with other band members, left his guitar at the stage, and was not seen again. He was paged but did not return for the performance, which went on without him.

A signal from his cell phone was detected Monday, and police said it could have been sent within a 10-mile radius of the tower in Lagrange where it was received.

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

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.