August 19, 2022

Body found on Jordan Island still unidentified after autopsy

WINTER HARBOR – The identity and cause of death of a male person whose body was found Sunday washed ashore on Jordan Island have not yet been determined, according to officials.

An autopsy has been completed, but further study is needed to determine who the person is and how he may have died, a spokesman at the state medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.

The body was spotted around 11 a.m. Sunday on the southwest corner of the island from a Bar Harbor whale watch boat, according to police.

Police in Winter Harbor, where the island is located, and the Maine Marine Patrol recovered the body and had it taken to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta, where the autopsy was performed Tuesday.

There has been speculation that the body could be that of Chris Conley, 30, of Bar Harbor. Conley was reported missing in late April after he last was seen leaving his uncle’s house in the Bar Harbor village of Hulls Cove.

Subsequent searches for Conley on Mount Desert Island have come up empty.

Bar Harbor Police Chief Nate Young said Tuesday that his department received the initial call about the body but is not involved in the investigation. The Police Department is investigating the disappearance of Conley, but no link between the two cases has been made, the chief said.

Jordan Island is roughly 1 mile long and a half-mile wide. It is located in Frenchman Bay, about one-quarter mile from the mainland portion of Winter Harbor. Bar Harbor, on the western side of Frenchman Bay, is about four miles away from the island.

According to Winter Harbor Town Manager Roger Barto, a channel of water separates Jordan Island from a sandbar that sticks out from the mainland at low tide. No one lives on the island year round, Barto has said.

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