Body of missing Hampden woman recovered

6:11 PM, Aug 5, 2011   |    comments
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HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The Maine Warden Service says a recreational boater found the body of 65-year old Juliet Markowksky about three-and-a-half miles downriver from where they focused their search.

The warden service worked with the Maine Marine Patrol, Hampden Police and the volunteer group Dirigo Search and Rescue to find Juliet -- or Judy as her friends called her. The search started Wednesday evening.

Judy was a prominent member of the Maine Audobon Society and was the organization's first staff member in the Bangor area.

She was an environmental educator and advocate and ran nature exploration programs from an office at the University of Maine. She founded the Maine Audobon Society's Fields Pond Nature Center and Green Facility.

She also led the successful opposition to Walmart's building of a store near a wetland in Bangor.

Her family says Judy loved the outdoors, which is why she chose to live in Avalon Village in Hampden, which sits in a wooded area near the Penobscot River.

The two-square mile search area focused on a stretch of land from Souadabscook Stream to just north of the Edith Dyer Libarary. Today's search brought out 20 to 30 searchers, using seven K9s, four boats and one plane.

The warden service said they searched the section of land from the Penobscot River to route 1-A. Maine Warden Service Lt. Adam Gormely says K9s were able to rule out certain areas.

"With GPS technology, we were able to see some holes in the ground that weren't thoroughly searched last night," said Gormely. "Today we were able to put ground searchers in there and really rule out the ground where she may be."

The body is being transported to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.





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