Search continues for Freeport man missing since Saturday

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FREEPORT — Police, forest rangers, game wardens and volunteers took to the woods of northern Maine again Wednesday as the search continued for a Freeport man missing since the weekend.

Dean Levasseur, 24, remained missing after aerial and foot searches Tuesday. The musician was last seen Saturday night, when he was supposed to perform at gathering of University of Maine students in woods near Route 155 in Howland.

The 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.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said clearing weather Tuesday allowed searchers to use an airplane. Volunteers joined in the search as Levasseur’s older sister in Caribou asked for help.

The search resumed Wednesday morning, working from a command post set up at a gravel pit near Interstate 95. A forestry helicopter and warden service plane were being used, according to Lt. Kevin Adam of the Maine Warden Service.

Levasseur is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, and 145 pounds. Anyone with information about him or the events surrounding his disappearance was asked to call Maine State Police at 866-2121.

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