Adam “AJ” Emmett, 45, had been missing for days.
“He was last seen on Monday and on Tuesday, after the storm we had on Monday, his vehicle was noticed as remaining at Schooner Head Overlook,” said Christie Anastasia, public affairs specialist for Acadia National Park.
“So, we put out a 'missing person' to try and see if other people had information about the person,” she added later. “When nothing came back, you know, the search started.”
Dog teams were brought in to search the area and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted a near-shore and off-shore search.
“And then starting today the search was turned over to the Maine Warden Service, and we had a fixed wing aircraft in the air doing a search,” Anastasia said.
That ended Thursday afternoon.
“There was a body discovered in the area between Sand Beach and Thunder Hole,” the park's spokeswoman said. “The body was positively identified as ... AJ Emmett.”
Locals reacted with grief.
“It's so sad, someone so young,” said Skye Brickley, a resident of Seal Harbor. “It's a terrible, terrible thing.”
“More or less, on average, we sometimes see about one fatality a year,” Anastasia said.
Emmett was a well-liked and respected resident, who played guitar and also enjoyed hiking. How he died is still unknown.
“The National Park Service is in charge of the investigation,” Anastasia said.