Body of missing man recovered in Acadia



BAR HARBOR — The body of Adam “A.J.” Emmett was found Thursday in Acadia National Park on the rocks between Sand Beach and Thunder Hole. Emmett, a Hancock County man, had been missing since Monday.

On Wednesday, a search for Emmett was launched and a missing person notice was circulated.

The day before, park rangers had noticed that a car belonging to Emmett had been parked at the Schooner Head overlook since before Monday’s snowstorm. The rangers searched the immediate area but were unable to locate or contact Emmett.

The Maine Warden Service led the search, and brought a dog team. Also involved were the National Park Service, Coast Guard, the Maine Marine Patrol and the Maine Association for Search and Rescue.

Wednesday afternoon and evening, “the Coast Guard was out with two boats checking nearshore and offhsore,” said Christie Anastasia, public affairs specialist for Acadia.

Derrick Sekulich of Bar Harbor, a friend of Emmett’s, said he went to the area Wednesday evening to search. He and another friend found a backpack belonging to Emmett on the rocks near a sheer cliff, he said.

On Thursday, the search continued by land, water and air — Maine Marine Patrol pilot Steve Ingram joined the search with the agency’s small plane.

At 11:40 a.m., Anastasia said, crews located a body on the rocks between Sand Beach and Thunder Hole.

The body was placed on a litter, Anastasia said, but because of the rocky terrain the crew did not attempt to move it over the rocks to the road. Instead, the litter was transferred to a Maine Marine Patrol boat, which transported the body to a nearby dock, according to Warden Service spokesman Mark Latti.

The state medical examiner did an initial exam at a local funeral home, according to a Latti. The body was set to be transferred to the medical examiner’s office for determination of cause of death.

A.J. Emmett
PHOTO COURTESY OF ANP

Emmett, 44, was a builder, musician and avid outdoorsman, Sekulich said.

“He had a great sense of adventure and love for life. He was a good friend, a positive person. He always tried to bring out the best in you.”

“Our thoughts go out to Mr. Emmett’s family and friends,” said Mike Madell, deputy superintendent of Acadia.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Managing Editor at Mount Desert Islander
Liz Graves is managing editor of the Islander. She's a California native who came to Maine as a schooner sailor.lgraves@mdislander.com

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