Brian Peters, 57, of Mount Vernon, was found dead along a hiking trail on Thursday night in Maine. Peters had been snowshoeing on a hiking trail in Rome. The Warden Service believes that Peters possibly succumbed from exposure to the cold temperatures.
Peters body was discovered by searchers that were hiking a trail on Round Top Mountain. According to Cpl. John McDonald, from the warden service, Peters wife reported him overdue to Maine authorities on Friday, reports Centeralmaine.com.
McDonald said Peters could have died due to a medical event or due to exposure from the cold weather. While his cause of death is uncertain at this time, the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office will determine exactly what caused his death.
In a press release, McDonald states that the Maine game warden’s office indicated that Peters was prepared for the hiking trip and that he related all the information about his hiking trip to his family.
Officials in Maine state that Peters was last seen on Thursday around 1 p.m. leaving a Snowshoe parking lot. Teams of searchers looked for Peters on the trails of Watson Pond.
Searchers from Rome Fire Department discovered Peters body Thursday night around 9 p.m. The fire department was searching the area with Belgrade Rescue and the Maine State Police, reports WMTW News 8.
Round Top Mountain’s main trailhead is located right off from Watson Pond. The hiking trail ascends 1,133 feet high. The trail is considered to be of moderate difficulty. The trail is almost a 4-mile round-trip it’s slope is known to give hikers a good workout. It is usually an easy trail to navigate, but there are a few areas where a hiker could fall and hurt themselves.
Officials say the trail was likely more difficult to navigate due to a recent snowstorm. The snow may have made the trail difficult for Peters to follow, reports WGME TV 13.
The state of Maine owns the land where the hiking trails are, but the trails are maintained by an alliance.
Although everything discovered so far points to Peters cause of death being from exposure to cold temperatures, The Maine Chief Medical Examiner’s Office will be contacted an autopsy will be performed because investigators state that there is a chance that Peters had a medical event before he died. It is unclear how long it will take to get the autopsy results.
By Tammy Marie Rose
Photo Courtesy Maine DFW