Authorities Investigating Possible Illegal Burial Of A Body In Baldwin
An investigation continues into the discovery of a woman's body that was found buried in a shallow grave on property owned by her son in Baldwin on Feb. 28.
According to Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland, while an autopsy is being conducted by the state medical examiner's office, foul play is not suspected in the death of Carolyn Farnell, 72, who was living at the property on Harris Road in Baldwin with her son Shawn Farnell, 43.
According to McCausland, Carolyn Farnell likely died sometime last week, after being in failing health. He said that the family told investigators that she did not want to go to the hospital and it was her wish to be buried on the property she shared with her son.
McCausland said that Farnell was buried on the property under three feet of dirt along with other items from the house, which has been under renovation.
Investigators worked for about seven hours Sunday to exhume the remains and say they have not located any death certificate or permit to bury the body, which is required by state law, McCausland said. No one has been charged and the results of the investigation will likely be reviewed by the district attorney’s office once the investigation has been completed and the autopsy results finalized, according to McCausland.