Sept. 2016

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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.

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 embankment.  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.


Published July 3, 2016

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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.



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.

TIMOTHY PHILPOTT - Human Remains Found

April 2016

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On Friday, April 15, volunteer members of Maine Search and Rescue Dogs (MESARD) discovered human remains near Parkman Mountain in Acadia National Park. The human remains were identified as belonging to Timothy Philpott, age 50. Rangers have been searching off and on for 50-year-old Timothy Philpott, of Ellsworth, whose car was found on January 13 at the Parkman Mountain parking area located off Route 198 in Mount Desert. At the time rangers conducted a hasty search that day, followed by a large-scale search of the area around Parkman and Sargent mountains the next two days


May 25, 2014

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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.

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. 


posted July 29, 2012

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Three dozen rescue workers and the crew of a Lifeflight helicopter that was forced to land on a mountain ledge spent more than five hours Saturday trying to save the life of a University of Maine student.

Despite their heroic efforts, 22-year-old Shirley Ladd of Barnstead, N.H., died from injuries she sustained after falling on a trail on Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park.

Rescuers use climbing equipment to haul an injured hiker 250 feet up Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park on Saturday. Shirley Ladd, a student at UMaine, later died of her injuries. She was remembered for her outgoing personality. Photos courtesy National Park Service

A helicopter from LifeFlight of Maine landed on a sloped, open ledge on Champlain Mountain in Acadia National Park in order to evacuate an injured hiker Saturday. Photo by Jon Tierney

Personnel from the National Park Service, Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue, LifeFlight Of Maine and Acadia Mountain Guides assist in rescuing and giving medical care to Shirley Ladd, who was critically injured Saturday while hiking in Acadia National Park. Photo by B. Watson/Courtesy of Jon Tierney

Ropes are visible as rescuers attend Shirley Ladd, a New Hampshire woman who fell 60 feet while hiking a difficult trail in Acadia National Park on Saturday.

University officials identified Ladd on Sunday as a senior at the university’s Orono campus where she was majoring in psychology. She was minoring in business administration. Ladd was most recently employed as a student building manager at the university’s New Balance Student Recreation Center.

“Our thoughts are with her family, friends and the many people on campus who knew and loved her, and whose lives she touched,” said Robert Dana, UMaine’s vice president for student affairs and dean of students, in a statement released Sunday to the university community. “As one of our student managers at the Fitness Center, she was well known for her outgoing personality and customer service. She was always ready with a smile. Shirley was a strong leader among her peers. She will be missed by so many in our community.”

A close friend said Ladd had travelled to Bar Harbor last weekend to visit her boyfriend, a recent university graduate.

Her boyfriend was at work when she decided to go hiking with another friend on the Precipice Trail, which leads to the summit of Champlain Mountain.

“Shirley was one of the most caring people I have ever met. And she was so much fun. She made work enjoyable,” said her friend, Kaci Stormann, who worked with Ladd at the New Balance Student Recreation Center.

Those familiar with the hiking trails at Acadia say the Precipice Trail is the most challenging trail in the park because hikers must hang onto steel ladder rungs in some parts of the trail.

Advertisement “If you took away the rungs, it’s what I would call a fourth class climb or a technical climb (for experienced rock climbers),” said Jon Tierney, who owns Acadia Mountain Guides in Bar Harbor.

Murray alerted the park service that Ladd had sustained severe injuries, which triggered a massive rescue effort.

Rechholtz said Ladd had just finished climbing a laddered section of the Precipice Trail and was preparing to ascend another section of ladder rungs when she fell from a rock shelf onto the trail below.

Advertisement She landed near another hiker, almost hitting the hiker, Rechholtz said.

Multiple agencies responded including all of Acadia’s on- and off-duty park rangers, members of the Bar Harbor Fire Department, Mount Desert Island Search and Rescue, a crew of medics from Lifeflight of Maine, and the privately owned Acadia Mountain Guides.

“It was one huge effort. The park rangers could not have done this by ourselves,” Rechholtz said.

The rescuers faced a number of physical obstacles.

The Precipice Trail, which is typically closed to protect peregrine falcon nesting sites, is extremely steep. It opened this summer for the first time in several years after the falcon nesting effort failed.

Champlain Mountain itself is just over 1,000 feet. Ladd had completed about three quarters of the trail when she fell, which forced rescue workers to do a lot of climbing before they could reach her.

Though the skies were clear and sunny, the humidity on Saturday was oppressive, rescue workers said.

“One of the biggest decisions we had to make was whether to move her up the mountain or go down,” Tierney said. “Going up is more difficult (more strenuous) but you are going away from harm’s way.


 posted July 8, 2012

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — A 38-year-old Connecticut man killed himself early Sunday morning in the parking lot at the summit of Cadillac Mountain, park officials said Sunday night.

Supervisory Park Ranger Richard Rechholtz said the man committed suicide in his car by carbon monoxide poisoning. The victim was discovered around sunrise by other tourists.

The man was traveling alone and his family had been notified of his death, Rechholtz said.

“National parks can attract people who want to commit suicide because they are beautiful places,” Rechholtz said. “We have our share at Acadia, and it’s always very unfortunate.



posted June 7, 2012

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BAR HARBOR, Maine — Acadia National Park officials are investigating the death of a local elderly man who was found lying in a marshy area along a trail in the park on Wednesday afternoon. Rangers said the death is not suspicious.

John Baer, 85, of Bar Harbor was walking his dog on the park trail that runs along Schooner Head Road sometime around 3 p.m. when his wife became concerned because he had not returned.

At around 4 p.m., 911 dispatchers received a call from joggers who had discovered Baer lying face-down near a bridge that goes over a brook outlet and marsh, said Richard Rechholtz, Acadia’s supervisory park ranger. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

“We believe he fell somehow,” said Rechholtz, who added that the dog was still in the area when Baer was discovered. “There is no suspicion of foul play.”

Acadia officials are investigating the death because the incident happened on park land.

Baer’s body was being taken on Thursday to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for examination.

Duncan Rosborough - Dies While Cross Country Sking

Jan.  2011 

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— A Mount Desert Island man has died after going for a cross-country ski in the park Saturday night, according to a park official.

Duncan Rosborough, 52, of Mount Desert was found dead in the park on the Paradise Hill loop trail around 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Acadia National Park Deputy Superintendent Len Bobinchock said. He had gone out skiing by himself the night before, telling his family he’d be gone for about an hour. He had told them he planned to ski near Eagle Lake, Bobinchock said.

“He was described as a good skier who knew the trails very well,” Bobinchock said.

“Skiing alone, especially at night, is risky,” Bobinchock said. “Whenever you’re out by yourself, you’re taking a chance.


posted Aug. 24, 2009

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Clio Dahyun Axilrod and her parents had joined the thousands of visitors on Sunday enthralled by the spectacular waves fueled by Hurricane Bill that were breaking off the Atlantic Coast of Acadia National Park in Maine.

But as one series of waves crashed off the rocky cliffs about 350 feet south of the popular Thunder Hole, , the family, from New York City, recognized the danger, turned around and headed up a diagonal path toward the roadway.

They were about 40 feet from the main road, Ocean Drive witnesses told a park ranger, when a 20-foot-high swell exploded into the air, sweeping Clio, 7, her father, Peter J. Axilrod, 55, and five other people out to sea. Clio’s mother, Sandra M. Kuhach, 51, was knocked to the ground and seriously injured.

Officials said on Monday that 13 people were hit by the giant wave and admitted to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Me.

Four of those who were dragged into the ocean were able to make it out of the 55-degree water on their own, said a Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wheeler.

About an hour after the wave carried Mr. Axilrod into the ocean, he was rescued by the Coast Guard in a 47-foot lifeboat.

A 12-year-old girl, Simone Pelletier of Belfast, Me., was also brought to safety by the Coast Guard and taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

But it took rescuers more than three hours to locate Clio, who was found unresponsive about a half-mile from shore. She died from drowning, the Maine Marine Patrol said Monday.

Her parents remained hospitalized at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, a patrol spokesman said in a news release. The family lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, opposite Gracie Mansion.

 Neighbors on Monday described Clio as an energetic child who liked to swim with her friends in the rooftop pool of the 20-story building where the family lived.

and her parents had joined the thousands of visitors on Sunday enthralled by the spectacular waves fueled by Hurricane Bill that were breaking off the Atlantic Coast of Acadia National Park in Maine.

But as one series of waves crashed off the rocky cliffs about 350 feet south of the popular Thunder Hole, , the family, from New York City, recognized the danger, turned around and headed up a diagonal path toward the roadway.

They were about 40 feet from the main road, Ocean Drive witnesses told a park ranger, when a 20-foot-high swell exploded into the air, sweeping Clio, 7, her father, Peter J. Axilrod, 55, and five other people out to sea. Clio’s mother, Sandra M. Kuhach, 51, was knocked to the ground and seriously injured.

Officials said on Monday that 13 people were hit by the giant wave and admitted to Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Me.

Four of those who were dragged into the ocean were able to make it out of the 55-degree water on their own, said a Coast Guard spokesman, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wheeler.

About an hour after the wave carried Mr. Axilrod into the ocean, he was rescued by the Coast Guard in a 47-foot lifeboat.

A 12-year-old girl, Simone Pelletier of Belfast, Me., was also brought to safety by the Coast Guard and taken to Mount Desert Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

But it took rescuers more than three hours to locate Clio, who was found unresponsive about a half-mile from shore. She died from drowning, the Maine Marine Patrol said Monday.

Her parents remained hospitalized at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, a patrol spokesman said in a news release. The family lives on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, opposite Gracie Mansion.

 Neighbors on Monday described Clio as an energetic child who liked to swim with her friends in the rooftop pool of the 20-story building where the family lived.


reported Oct. 7, 2008

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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.



June 2, 2007

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BOSTON – The Coast Guard and National Park Service Rangers attempted to rescue a person in the water on the ocean side of Acadia National Park, Maine around 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor received a cell phone call about 2:27 p.m. from a person reporting a female had fallen into the water in a rocky area of Schoodic Point.

The U.S. National Park Service rangers responded on-shore. The crew of a 41-foot utility boat from Coast Guard Station Southwest Harbor arrived on-scene about 2:45 p.m. The 56-year old female was recovered by the crew of the utility boat and commenced CPR around 2:50 p.m.

Faith M. Wise, a native of Trufant, Mich., was transferred to EMS at Winter Harbor around 3:15 p.m. and was later pronounced dead.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the U.S. National Park Service.

STEPHEN CHAN - Drown While Swimming At Echo Lake

Aug. 2005

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK (AP) – Divers have recovered the body of a 22-year-old Maryland man who drowned in Echo Lake in Acadia National Park.

The body of Stephen Chan of Newmarket, Md., was found Friday after a nearly 24-hour air, water and ground search.

Chan was reported missing by his girlfriend, who said she last saw him wading in the lake Thursday afternoon.

Chan’s body was found in 60 feet of water about midway across the lake, Ranger Neil Labrie said. Because there were no witnesses, officials said they were uncertain about what happened.


published April 5, 2004

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A man from Washington State died saturday afternoon in acadia National Park after riding his bicycle into a closed gate on the Park Loop road, according to park officials.
Stephen Kennedy, 63, of Washouga Wash., died after his bicycle collided with a closed barrier gate near the intersection of Otter Cliffs Road, park officials indicated Sunday in a press release. The Barrier gate is kept closed in the winter to block vehicular traffic from using that portion of the Park Loop road between Otter Cliffs and Seal Harbor.
Kennedy was riding with his son, andrew when the accident occurred at 3;45 p.m., the statement indicated. Kennedy was taken by ambulance to Mount desert Hospital in Bar Harbor, where he died later Saturday evening.



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A Mount desert woman has become the parks third fatality this year after she fell on Saturday off rocks near Sand Beach, park officials said Sunday.
The body of Joanne Demartini, 50, was spotted around 2;30pm Saturday at the bottom of a 45 foot drop near the shore path that follows the Park Loop Road, Ranger Neal Labris said Sunday. A passer by who spotted her body and park personal unsuccessfully tried to revive Demartini before whe was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
Labis said an autopey determined the womans cause of death likely will be performed this week at the state Medical Examiners Office in Augusta..
Park Officials believe Demartini was walking by herself along the shore when she fell, the ranger said.
"Nobody saw her fall," he said, "We're not sure if she slipped and fell or got dizzy."
Foul play is not suspected in Demartini's death, according to Labris. The woman, who has relatives in New York state and in California, is believed to have moved recently by herself to Mount Desert Island, he said.


March 8, 2004

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK - The body of an Ohio man was found Sunday morning off Route 233 after he apparently had told a friend he intended to commit suicide, according to a park ranger.

Benjamin A. Ellis, 21, of Granville, Ohio, died from what is believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Ranger Dustin Warner said Sunday afternoon.

"We found the body on top of Great Hill at 10 a.m.," Warner said.

Park officials were still working Sunday afternoon to remove Ellis' body from the top of the hill, which is just north of Route 233 and to the west of the Park Loop Road, the ranger said.

Ellis' car was spotted Friday parked at the gated Park Loop Road entrance on Route 233, but park officials did not realize anything was amiss until the next day, when a ranger noted the vehicle was still in the same spot.



 ACADIA NATIONAL PARK – A rock climber from the Bangor area, Emil Lin,  is missing and feared dead Sunday after retrieving a climbing shoe from the ocean off Otter Cliffs and then being washed by a wave into the pounding surf, park officials said.

A search for the missing climber was called off Sunday evening after the sun went down. It was expected to resume this morning, Acadia National Park Ranger Neal Labrie said Sunday.

The identities of the missing climber and his climbing partner, who also is from the Bangor area, are being withheld pending the results of the search and notification of their relatives, Labrie said. The second climber was unharmed during the incident.

Both men are in their 20s, according to the ranger. One is a student at the University of Maine in Orono, and the other attends Northeastern University in Boston, he said.

“They were just trying out new climbing gear,” Labrie said.

According to Ranger Richard Rechholtz, the two were rock climbing at Otter Cliffs around 1:30 p.m. Sunday when one of them unclipped himself from a climbing rope and, from the bottom of the cliff, jumped into the frigid ocean water to retrieve a climbing shoe.

“He swam out, retrieved his shoe and came back to shore,” Rechholtz said. “He made it back to an outcropping below Otter Cliffs. A wave came and washed him back in, and he disappeared under the water.”

After officials were notified of the incident, park staff started a search for the missing climber.

Three Coast Guard vessels, personnel with the Bar Harbor harbor master’s office and two sightseeing boats motored back and forth offshore looking for signs of the man. A jet and a helicopter, both sent by the Coast Guard, participated in the search


Aug.  2000

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A 57-year-old Maryland man (name withheld in paper) fell at least 100 feet to his death after losing his balance on a challenging section of trail at Acadia National Park on Friday, officials said.

The man and a friend of his were about five minutes from the top of the 520-foot mountain known as “The Beehive,” about a quarter-mile from Sand Beach, when he lost his balance in a confined area while stepping down about a foot and a half onto another rock, Park Ranger Jim Grover said.

Park Rangers were notified at about 4 p.m., nearly an hour after the fall, when the man’s companion was able to notify rangers. The man’s name was being withheld late Friday pending notification of relatives.
Grover described it as a difficult but popular trail with iron rungs and hand holds, and said rangers will be studying the accident for any safety improvements they might make.



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 Robert Croteau, age 51, and his wife Margaret, age 63, had been standing on rocks along the waters edge at Schoodic Point in Acadia National Park when a large wave swept them into the sea.  A friend was preparing to take a photo of the couple when the large wave swept them away.


1997 -


The body of a 37 year  old Old Town man was located Monday afternoon in Acadia National Park.

Michael Domino, who had moved with his wife and 6 year old daughter from the Boca Raton, Fla. area last Oct., apparently fell Sunday afternoon while hiking near the East Face Trail on one of the most treacherous mountains in the park.  Icy paths now cover many of the rock faces and trails in Acadia National Park.

According to park spokeswoman Wanda Mozan, a helicopter with infrared sensors from the 112th Army National Guard flew over Champlain and other nearby mountains during the night, hoping to detect Domino's location.

Very early Monday morning the helicopter returned, along with a plane from the Maine Warden Service.  The search by air and land continued throughout the morning.  The body was found at about 12;30 PM.  Park Officials and volunteer's brought Domino's body down from the mountain side on a stretcher.



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In the winter of 1997 Shon Lewis and some friends traveled to Acadia National Park to do some snowmobiling.  By all accounts the evening could not of gone any better.  That would all change two hours later when they returned to the parking lot of the Acadia National Park Visitor's Center in Hull's cove.

The group of snowmobilers took a rest while Shon decided to take a final run around the parking lot.  That would end up being a fatal decision because at some point he lost control of his snowmobile and was killed.  His machine left the parking lot, traveled down an embankment and into a cluster of tree's.  He went head first into the tree's and died almost instantly.

Speed, loss of control and weather conditions at the time were to blame for the fatal accident.

DOUGLAS ROSE - Drown at Anemone Cave

Oct. 1993     

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In Oct. 1993 a rock climbing adventure ended in tragedy Tuesday night when a 20 year old College of the Atlantic student died after he became trapped in a sea cave on the side of a cliff at Acadia National Park, adding yet another name to the growing list of deaths in the park. The accident occurred at Schooner Head Overlook at a popular cave named Anemone Cave.

Rangers speculated that extreme cold temperatures, pounding rain, assaultive winds and high tide prevented Douglas Rose from climbing up the face of the cliff to safety, and that he may have drowned. They said the cave could be reached only by the climbing rope he had descended down just hours before.
Rescuers and a 40 foot U.S. Coast Guard boat rushed to the scene. "So last night, in the blackest of downpours and with the wind howling like a hurricane...a member of the Mount Desert Island search and Rescue was able to climb down the rope to a point where he could see into the cave. He could see that Rose was tethered on a rope and pretty much free-floating in the surf and face down," Dodge said. "He made a determination he was dead."
Rescue efforts were halted until 6a,m, Wednesday.
"This time a ranger climbed down and was able to pendulum-swing into the cave. He got within 15 to 20 feet of the body when the surf really picked up. He was completely submerged two or three times and we had to pull him up," Dodge said.


Aug. 1993

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A 17 year old visitor from Richmound Va. lost his life after he fell from a cliff at Acadia National Park.
On Saturday afternoon Sean Kelley had been walking with a friend along the shore on a path near Blackwoods Campground, when he lost his footing on some gravel and fell 30 feet. He was unconscious when he was taken to the hospital and died later that evening at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine.



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Bartholomew Keohane - In 1989 on an Early  Tuesday morning searchers found the body of a 50 year old man who apparently had fallen 40 feet to his death in Acadia National Parl.  Bartholomew Keohane was a Priest from Springfield Gardens, NY, and was found on the side of Mansell Mountain, in a steep area between two trails.  It was believed that a passing storm may of caused him to seek a shorter route down the Mountain side.  Authorities say that Keohane died of multiple injuries.

Kathy Frost Larson. - MURDER AT OTTER CLIFFS


HELENA, Mont. — The man now serving time for pushing his wife off an 80-foot cliff in Acadia National Park in 1987 has confessed to killing his first wife in 1975 in Montana, according to court documents released this week in Montana.
Dennis R. Larson, 50, admitted to a Montana state investigator on Sept. 14 that he pushed his wife, Leslee R. Larson, into a stream near Wolf Creek on June 19, 1975, and watched her float away in the deep, fast spring runoff. No trace of her body has ever been found. Larson was charged last week.
In 1975, Larson told investigators that his first wife had fallen into the creek and that he had jumped into the fast-moving water in a futile attempt to rescue her. However, the first law officer at the scene reported that Larson was dry and did not appear to have jumped into the stream, the court document said.
Seven years later, after authorities finally ruled his wife dead, Larson collected on a $20,000 life insurance policy.
Larson is serving a 50-year sentence for murder in the Oct. 11, 1987, death of his third wife, Kathy Frost Larson. That case revealed a whirlwind romance, a marriage-and-murder-for-profit scheme, which also involved an insurance policy and a taped confession from Larson that contradicted his earlier statements about Frost’s death. Suspicions about the Great Falls native also prompted Bangor police to blow up packages belonging to Larson, which they suspected might have contained explosives.
According to reports of Larson’s 1989 trial, after his second wife divorced him in May 1987, Larson made what prosecutors described as a temporary trip to Maine with the intention of finding a way to win back his ex-wife. Prosecutors said that he placed personal ads in two Maine newspapers in hopes of finding a new wife.
Kathy Frost, then 25, was one of three women to respond to the ads, and the couple married in September 1987, just seven weeks after their first meeting. The day after they married, Larson took out a life insurance policy on himself and added an accidental death rider for his wife providing double the $200,000 face value of the policy.


June 1977

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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.


June 1970

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Air Force Captain Robert McGaunn refueled his plane at Boston's Logan International Airport, before continuing on with his flight. While flying through bad weather and heading for Newfoundland, his plane suddenly disappeared without a trace. A search was conducted for the missing plane but nothing was found.
Three months later a pilot from nearby Trenton Airport flying over Cedar swamp Mountain spotted the wreckage of the plane and reported it in. The body of the pilot was removed, but the wreckage of the plane was left on the side of the mountain not far from the summit.
The pilot died strapped into his seat and the seat still rests not far from the mountain top.



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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.


Sept. 19, 1963

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Some one had removed the life preserver from its box at Thunder Hole, something that had happened at other times as well, so no one could toss it to Gerard D.F. Poisson, who drown in the surf a few feet off shore.  Mr. Poisson was from Luce, Ontario.  He stayed afloat for about ten minutes before sinking below the water, and a rope to help save him arrived too late.  Some time later his body was recovered by David Graves, a lobster fisherman from Northeast Harbor. 

Mr. Poisson and his wife and friends had been camping at Blackwoods campground.   They all had decided to head back home that day, but Mr Poisson decided to make one more trip to the Thunder Hole area before they left.  His wife and friends waited above as Mr Poisson went lower toward the water, at one point removing his shoes so he could stand on the wet rocks and take a better photo of the water.  As he was bent over, a large wave rose up and swept him from the rocks.

At one point his wife was almost able to reach out to him as he attempted to get back on shore.  His wife pleaded with bystanders for help and one left to get a rope, which arrived too late.  Mr Poisson had a heart attack about a year earlier and a doctor could not determine if he had died from drowning or from a second heart attack.


Sept. 1, 1949

Acadia National Park 

Yet another drowning took place in Acadia National Park along Ocean Drive Tuesday night when Mrs. Millicent Quinn, age 39, of West Hartford Conn. was swept off a ledge by a large wave.  Her husband, Philip Quinn, who could not swim, rushed to the road above and stopped a passing car containing John L. Harrison, age 40, of Montgomery Pa. along with his sons and wife.  Mr Harrison shed some cloths and quickly jumped into the surf and brought Mrs. Quinn to the rocky shore but before he got her onto the rocks the waves broke his grip and Miss Quinn disappeared beneath the water.

Mr Quinn and bystanders had to than help drag Mr. Harrison from the water, as he was exhausted.

Due to a storm that Monday, the ocean waves were very strong and most people stayed well away from the waters edge.  Following a drowning near the same spot back in 1936, the Park Service had maintained a rescue rope and life ring there but in recent years had stopped doing that.  A Park Ranger had been on patrol for much of that day, but not at the time of the accident.


July 27, 1939

Acadia National Park

C.C.C. boys were fatal as the boy plunged from a cliff on Beech Mountain, killing him instantly.  Clarence D. Thurlow, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Thurlow, died Sunday after noon when he fell from the top of a high Beech Hill cliff, where he had gone to cool off and enjoy the views.  He was seated near the edge of the cliff, witnesses said, when he lost his balance as he attempted to change his position, plunging head first over the cliff.  His body struck and lodged on a narrow rock ledge below, about half way down the face of the cliff.

Witnesses saw him fall and that he was wearing C.C.C. clothing and ran to a nearby C.C.C. camp to report the tragic accident.  A doctor along with a student doctor at the C.C.C. camp hurried to the scene and made their way down the dangerous cliff to the boy.  Using ropes it took them two hours to reach the boy but the boy was already dead.  His body was brought back to the C.C.C. camp while they waited for officials to arrive.

 During the nine years the CCC was stationed at Acadia, they completed hundreds of projects. The majority of these were in forestry, such as fire fighting, fuel reduction, and disease control. The “boys” also performed most of the work in constructing the park’s two campgrounds, Blackwoods and Seawall. Their most enduring and endearing successes, though, are the stunning and unusual trails that lead hikers into the heart of Acadia, such as the Ocean Path and Perpendicular Trail. Granite blocks weighing more than a ton were carefully cut and laid by hand. Thousands of dead or downed trees were cleared. The work was hard, but fulfilling, and through their efforts, the CCC opened, protected, and beautified Acadia National Park.


Nov. 13, 1938

Acadia National Park - 

Park Ranger Karl Andrew  Jacobson, who is buried in Eagle Lake, Minnesota, was shot and killed by a poacher on November 13, 1938 while on boundary patrol in Acadia NP. The elderly poacher, who pled guilty and served one day in prison, mistook Jacobson, who was accompanied by his wife while on patrol, for a deer.

Ranger Jacobson’s name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in 1989 through the efforts of the NPS chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. He is also listed on the state of Maine Law Enforcement Memorial.

Ranger Jacobson, who was survived by his wife of six months, is buried in the Eagle Lake Cemetery (Block 61, Section 4, at the north end of the cemetery) just east of Mankato, Minnesota.

From all accounts Ranger Jacobson was well liked and respected, and an active member of the Bar Harbor community. His untimely death was a loss not only to Acadia NP and the NPS community, but to his friends and family in Bar Harbor and Eagle Lake.

Ranger Jacobson’s name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial in 1989 through the efforts of the NPS chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police. He is also listed on the state of Maine Law Enforcement Memorial.

Ranger Jacobson, who was survived by his wife of six months, is buried in the Eagle Lake Cemetery (Block 61, Section 4, at the north end of the cemetery) just east of Mankato, Minnesota.


Aug. 8, 1934.

Acadia National Park

Miss Emily McDougall, age 25, from Brooklin Mass. died Thursday as a result iof a tragic accident near Thunder Hole.  At the time it was nearly high tide with a heavy sea when Miss McDougall, who did not know how to swim,  arrived at the ocean.  She was with eight others who went down by the ocean for a picnic.  She removed her shoes and stockings and joined some of the others who began to walk along the waters edge.  Suddenly a wave larger than the others broke over the rocks and washed Miss McDougall into the ocean.

A friend, Miss Stewart plunged jumped into the surf to help Miss McDougall and another friend, Miss Geaney waded out into the surf to assist.  Huge Tweer, driving by above, heard the cries for help and raced down to the water and jumped in and attempted to reach the girls.  Miss Stewart was finally able to reach Miss McDougalls side and for forty minutes held her in her arms.  Alfred Reed, who patrols Sand Beach rushed to the scene of the accident and was able to get Miss Geaney out of the surf and took her to the home of J. Franklin Anthony's home, where she was treated for cuts and bruises.  At that time Mr. Anthony called the Bar Harbor police department and fire department to report the accident.

When the police arrived at the scene they found Mr. Tweer still some distance from the girls, who were still clinging to one another.  Attempts to enter the water and reach the girls with rope failed on the first attempt, but on the second attempt police were able to reach the girls and get them ashore.

Doctor C.C. Morrison could not find any signs of life in Miss McDougall  The fire chief and other police officers arrived in a police boat along with a second flat bottom boat, they were able to get close to Mr. Tweer but not able to get him out of the water due to rough sea, and a speed boat was brought in from Bar Harbor, which was able to reach him.  Once out of the water he was brought to an ambulance and taken to the local hospital.

The two women and Mr Tweer showed great courage when they dived into the heavy surf and everyone involved deserves credit in their efforts to try and save the life of Miss McDougall.


Aug. 31,  1932

Acadia National Park

Ronald, the 12 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Meuse of Baker's Island drown while playing.  The boy was playing with a raft at the shore and must of fallen on the rocks and into the water as his face and body showed buses.  Aid was called from the Coast Guard Station at Islesford and doctors from Seal Harbor were also called, but no life was found in the boy.  The boy had two sisters and a brother.

Mr. Joseph Meuse was the lighthouse keeper for Baker's Island.

List of past lighthouse keepers[;

 Head: William Gilley (1828 – 1849), John Rich (1849 – 1853), Joseph Bunker (1853 – 1856), John Bunker (1856 – 1860), W.R. Bunker (1860 – 1861), Freeman G. Young (1861 – 1867), Alden H. Jordan (1867 – 1883), Roscoe G. Lopans (1883 – 1888), Howard P. Robbins (1888 – 1902), George S. Connors (1902 – at least 1913), Vurney L. King (at least 1915 – 1930), Joseph Muise ( – 1932), Frank Faulkingham (1932 – at least 1941), Wayne E. Holcomb (1944 – 1945), Ernest H. Mathie (1946 – at least 1947).


May 27, 1931

Acadia National Park - 

Bert H. Young, who was a Bar Harbor Post Master, lost his life in a tragic boating accident on Long Pond.  Mr. Young was in a boat along with Harold Barnes, fishing when the boat capsized.  A doctor stated that Mr. Young's death may of been the result of a heart attack.  Acadia National Park Rangers responded to the tragic accident.

After the men were in the water, Barnes told Young that they would have to swim for it, but Young replied that he could not make it, at which point Barnes told him to stay with the over turned boat while he went for help.  After Barnes swam a short ways from the boat, he became exhausted from swimming in his wet clothing, and turned to look back at the boat.  He saw Mr. Young, now a few feet from the boat with his head out of the water, not struggling or making any type of sound.

Mr Barnes turned and swam some fifty yards to shore, and several times nearly gave up because he was so exhausted. 

Once at shore Barnes took off in search of a nearby camp with a phone, but was not familiar with the area and ended up covering eight miles, at one point crossing a swamp, before finally coming out onto the Seal cove Road.  He stopped a passing car and told them to get help.  Sadly, had he known the area he would not have gone very far for help.  The body of Mr. Young was recovered from the pond a short time later.


Sept. 10, 1929

Acadia National Park -

Dennis Doonan, a dynamite man for the Mccabe Company, was fatally injured on the project on 10 Sept. 1929.  Doonan had been anxious to complete the drilling and blasting on a ledge face near the lower end of the road, and asked two employees to work overtime on the drilling.  As one of the men, Jean Lipscomb, was drilling a hole, the drill steel snapped off.  When he removed it from the hole, he found it very hot and showed it to Doonan.  Although he had had thirty years experience in blasting work, Doonan disregarded the overheated steel and proceeded to load the hole.  He placed two sticks of dynamite in the hole and .  Nothing happened, but when he added a third stick with an electric blasting cap, the charge exploded, injuring Doonan so badly that he died in the hospital the following morning.  The tragedy, did not, however, seriously delay the project.


Dec. 1909

Acadia National Park 

Adren L. Peach, the nine year old son of Mrs. Arden L. Peach of Northeast Harbor went out ice skating on Christmas Day when he fell through the ice and drown.  The Peach boy was visiting his Aunt Mrs. Lewis Suminsby on Forest Street when he and his cousin Clarence Suminsby, age 12, took their skates and headed for Eagle Lake.  The two boys skated around the Northern end of the lake for some time before when the Peach boy started skating toward the other end of the lake, following the Eastern  edge of the lake, while Suminsby skated up the Western side of the lake.

As the Suminsby boy got about three froths of the way up the lake he turned and began to cross the lake to join his cousin.  Before he reached his cousin he saw three boys fall through the ice, and soon a man also fell through the ice.  Then Adren Peach fell through the ice. The three boys and man were able to escape the icy waters of the lake, but there was no sign of the Peach boy.

His body was later found in 69 feet of water and the ice where he fell through was measured at about one forth of an inch thick.  The ice where the others fell through was the same thickness.  This was said to be the first known drowning on the lake.  Mrs. Peach is the sister of Mrs. Suminsby.  Both sisters were at Forest Street spending time together when the Suminsby boy arrived home with the tragic news.


Aug. 3, 1853 

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Back in 1853 there was no Acadia National Park here, and the town of Bar Harbor back than was called Eden.  But even back than locals made their way to the precipice on the side of Champlain Mountain, and made their way up to a popular spot on the side of the Precipice known as The Great Cave.  The cave was a popular picnic site.  In those days Champlain Mountain was named Newport Mountain.
Now if you have read about this tragic accident on here in the past, you will now find new information which I recently came upon from a man who is recalling the tragic accident 5o years later.  For the first time missing gaps have now been filled in on this story.
The date was Aug. 3, 1853  and wild blueberries were ripe for the picking.  The men and boys that day took off to do some fishing, and the women and girls decided to hike over in the direction of Newport (now named Champlain) Mountain to do some blueberry picking.  Two of the young girls in the group that day were Lucreatia K. Douglas, who was just shy of being 12 years old,  and Almira Conners, who were neighbors with Conners living  in the Zack Bijar Higgins house at Cromwell Harbor, not far from where the George B. Dorr estate was, and Miss Douglass living in the old house which was on the spot in which Gardiner Sherman first built his house.  Once up the side of Newport Mountain, the group had a picnic and than continued to look for blueberries.  The main group than started back down the mountain side, but the two girls remained behind, saying they wanted to continue to look for more blueberries.  At some point the two girls made their way close to the edge of a cliff, one account says  Lucreatia stepped upon a large boulder to see if she could see a relatives farmhouse below on Schooner Head Road, when  12 year old Almira Conners  climbed up on the boulder as well, and the huge boulder suddenly gave way.

The other account is that both girls spotted a patch of blueberries and raced toward them, not realizing just how close to the edge of the cliff they were, and both girls fell over the cliff.  It was a tragic accident regardless of which version took place, but I believe the first version might be correct, because a huge boulder was found on top of  Lucreatia K. Douglas body and had to be removed in order to get her body down off the mountain.
When I first  read of this accident it stated the other girl had been thrown off to the side with minor injures, but in this man's memory, he writes that while   Lucreatia had been crushed by a large boulder at the bottom of the cliff, a large tree spared the life of   Almira Conners , its branches catching her.  She did end up with a broken arm and a number of cuts and bruises and lay caught up in the tree top all that evening and night.
The following day, a farmer was out preparing to mow hay when he heard far off cries and went to investigate.  He was shocked when he arrived at the location and saw the figure of a young girl caught high up in the trees branches and went for help.
For many years as I found out more and more about this accident on Newport Mountain, I had always thought the accident took place at the Great Cave or very close to it.  And books and articles talk about only one spot on the side of Newport Mountain where people went to for picnics, and that is the Great Cave.  And on an old map I came across once there was an X marked just above the Great Cave and stated, "Where the young girl fell to her death'"
The man recounts how the women returned back to compass Harbor, believing the two girls would soon show up.  As evening came on, than darkness, a search party was rounded up and headed out toward the area of the great Cave, but using touches, they were not able to find the girls.  They returned home and were about to go out the following morning when word reached them of the tragedy.                                            
The family of Lucreatia was poor and could not afford to purchase a headstone for their daughter, who lay in an unmarked grave for years between two churches along mount Desert Street in Bar Harbor Maine.  It was said that the family did go up near the spot where their daughter had died and placed a small wooden cross at the location. 
In all the deaths in Acadia National Park that have taken place on the Precipice, this one is perhaps the safest for me, simply because the victim was only 12 years old, which also makes her the youngest person to have fallen to their death off the Precipice.
Lucreatia's brother did return back to town some years later and purchased a headstone for his sister, and the headstone tells part of the story of his sister's death.  That headstone is located between two churches in a tiny graveyard almost across the street from the Jesup Library on Mount Desert Street.


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