Tuesday, August 29, 2017

YOUNG WOMAN'S TRIP TO ACADIA NATIONAL PARK ENDS IN MURDER MYSTERY

 June 1977

27 year old yoga instructor Leslie Spellman had hitchhiked with her sister from their home in Massachusetts to Vermont.  From Vermont the two parted ways as Leslie continued to make her way to Acadia national Park for a backpacking trip, along with her dog.  The following day at around 9;45 a.m., a group of tourists discovered her body laid out in the tranquil Asticou Azalea Gardens in Northeast Harbor, a location better known for its peacefulness and beauty.  It was determined she had been dead for several hours, killed from a number of blows to the head from a blunt instrument.
It was reported that there was no evidence of sexual assault.  Authorities suspected that her murder may of been the work of a serial killer who had killed a number of victims  in a similar manner in Connecticut in the late 1970's.  The murder of the young woman remains unsolved to this day.

YOUNG MAN EXPLORING CAVE SWEPT TO SEA IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

I just came across this death which is listed on Acadia Memorials blog.  A young man, David McKinney, along with five friends were in the area of Great Head exploring a cave there.  The cave is located along the coast between the areas of Sand Beach and Anemone Cave, which is another cave that claimed the life of a young man there as well.
McKinney was 19 years old, and had stopped to explore the cave, which is located near the water's edge.The young man was about 20 feet from his friends when a large wave crashed over the rocks, pulling McKinney out to sea.  The blog states the young man's body was never recovered.
A memorial plaque was placed around the spot where the young man's body was washed away.
Great Head is a popular area in Acadia National Park with hiking trails.

Go to the link below to learn more on this death in Acadia National Park as well as to learn more about the memorials of the park.

MEMORIALS OF ACADIA WEBSITE





Monday, August 28, 2017

LOCAL SKATE BOARDER DIES IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

 reported Oct. 7, 2008

A local skateboarder died from his injures here after taking a bad fall in Acadia national Park.  Corey O'Brian, age 23, of the village of Seal Harbor, somehow had lost control of his skateboard when he fell.    He could often be seen in and around Bar harbor on his skateboard.
A friend of Mr. O'Brain called 911 at about 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 to report the accident, and that Mr. O'brian had a gash on the back of his head, was unconscious and had been for several minutes.  Reports stated he was traveling at about 20 MPH when he fell backwards off his board, striking his head.  He did not appear to have been wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

Monday, July 17, 2017

MOTORCYCLIST DIES FOLLOWING A CRASH ON THE CADILLAC MOUNTAIN SUMMIT ROAD

A motorcyclist was killed after crashing his bike on the Cadillac Mountain Summit road in Acadia National Park.   The young man was a student at the University of Maine and from the country of Saudi Arabia.  The crash occurred on Sunday afternoon.  Park spokesman John Kelly said the accident took place at about 4;30 in the afternoon.  Witnesses who were interviewed said the driver was operating at a high rate of speed and passing cars in a dangerous manner.  Kelly reported that the operator of the motorcycle apparently lost control of his bike on a curve and crashed.
The victim was later identified as Abdulrahman M. Alamer, age 21, who later died at Mount Desert Island Hospital as a result of his injuries.


DEATHS IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - CADILLAC MOUNTAIN SUMMIT ROAD - ACADIA

He had been riding down the Cadillac Summit Road on a red Ducati motorcycle and passing cars when he skidded off of the Summit Road and striking an enbankment.  Rangers were said to have arrived on scene about five minutes after the crash and found the victim still alive.  The victim was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

MAN ATTEMPTS TO GET A PERFECT PHOTO FALLS TO HIS DEATH

  Posted June 7, 2016

Man falls 40 feet to his death at Acadia National Park
It appears a  68-year-old summer resident of Southwest Harbor was apparently trying to take a perfect photograph of the sunset when the man fell..
Park officials are investigating how and why a 68-year-old man fell to his death in Acadia National Park on Monday, the National Park Service said Tuesday.  The accident occurred in an area where others have lost their lives in the past. 
Mark Simon of Glen Ridge, New Jersey, fell from a bluff between Sand Beach and Thunder Hole. Simon was a summer resident of Southwest Harbor, a town located on the quiet side of the island.
He and his wife had stopped on the Park Loop Road so he could photograph the sunset from an area off the Ocean Path. Simon’s wife waited for him in the car, but became concerned after the sun had set, and waved down a passing park ranger.
Rangers located Simon’s backpack, and then saw his body at the bottom of a 40-foot drop. He was lying motionless at the water’s edge.

Because of the steep terrain, park rangers could not reach him, and the U.S. Coast Guard was called to assist in recovering Simon’s body, which was only reached once the rising tide carried it into the water.
While the fall appears accidental, the National Park Service said it would continue to investigate the circumstances Tuesday.

MAN DIES AFTER SWIMMING IN LAKE IN ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

Published July 3, 2016

Despite their best efforts to resuscitate him, a man who was from the city of South Portland Maine died Saturday afternoon following a swim in Echo Lake in Acadia National Park, according to a Park Spokesman.  He had been at the lake with his wife and children.
Nathan Savage, age 39, had been swimming in an area of the lake known as Ikes Point and had just finished a swim across the lake when he collapsed where he had been setting on a rock at around 3pm.  It was reported that Savage's wife began CPR while another park visitor used a phone to call for help.  Shortly afterwards Park Rangers and local police officers arrived at the scene and altemated CPR until an ambulance arrived at the scene, but by then Savage had died.
Park spokesman John Kelly said Mr Savage was taken to the state medical examiners office where an autopsy would be done.
While deaths in Acadia National Park do happen,this was the first death related to swimming in the park that I have heard of.   That said, there are a number of deaths in Acadia that have occurred over the  years related to drownings.

LOCAL MAN DIES AFTER FALL FROM BRIDGE

posted June 5, 2015


BAR HARBOR – Christian Linwood Emigh-Doyle, 23, died May 25, 2014. He was born April 6, 1991 in Boston, MA, the son of Kenneth Edison Doyle and Christie Ellen Emigh, MD.
As a child, he attended the Acadia Friends Meeting in Northeast Harbor, until age 14 when he moved to Newtown, PA to attend The George School. During high school, Christian attended The George School, a Friends school in Newtown, Pennsylvania for 2 1/2years. Then, he completed high school at the Mt. Desert High School in Bar Harbor, Nov. 22, 2011 by obtaining a GED. During childhood, he enjoyed many summers at the Friends Camp in China, Maine and Camp Beech Cliff, Mt. Desert. In the outdoors, he appreciated rock climbing, ice climbing, skate boarding, slack lining, and bicycling. He studied the cello under Arkady Levitan. He also enjoyed reading and video car racing games.
Bridge over Duck brook, Acadia National Park

Christian is survived by his parents and two sisters: Hannah Leigh Emigh-Doyle and Sarah Dierdre Emigh-Doyle, all of Bar Harbor. The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Bangor, Holden, Hampden, Brewer, Ellsworth, and Bar Harbor Police Departments, Acadia Search and Rescue Team, the Acadia National Park Ranger, Bill Weidner, and to Police Officers Tim Bland and Tom Tardiff for their loving care and support.
While deaths in Acadia National Park do happen, this is an unusual case because no clear answer as to how the young man fell from the bridge has ever been determined.  
A visitation will occur from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 and from 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 30, 2014. A memorial service under the care of the Acadia Friends Meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014. All services will be held at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor, and all are welcome to attend. The family suggests memorials to the Acadia Friends Meeting, PO Box 21, Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 or the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 rather than flowers. Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com