Found Deceased ME - Douglas Barter, 54, Left Hospital AMA, Damariscotta, 8 Nov 2021

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Douglas Barter, 54, left the LincolnHealth Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta against medical advice around 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. A friend of Barter’s told the Waldoboro Police Department that he might be experiencing an “altered mental status” at the time due to seizures or a similar medical issue, Lash said.

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Douglas Barter, 54, left the LincolnHealth Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta against medical advice around 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. A friend of Barter’s told the Waldoboro Police Department that he might be experiencing an “altered mental status” at the time due to seizures or a similar medical issue, Lash said.

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Police searched through camera footage in Damariscotta and the hospital campus, but “got absolutely nothing,” Lash said. “We’ve never had a missing person not turn up after this long, normally they pop up.” [snip] Barter was last seen leaving the hospital, ...
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Who saw Douglas leave the hospital? Why didn't the cameras record him exiting from a doorway? Has there been a thorough, extensive search of the hospital building and its campus? Douglas' disappearance reminds me of Tim White's case. He was a disabled veteran who "disappeared" from the Bedford VA Medical Center. His remains were located 5 weeks after his disappearance in an unused stairwell only 60 feet from his room. :confused:

Found Deceased - MA - Tim White, 62, missing for five weeks, found in stairwell at Bedford VA Hospital
 

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New search finds no sign of Waldoboro man missing since November

Six teams with cadaver dogs from the Maine Warden Service found no sign of a missing Waldoboro man on Wednesday.

Douglas Barter, 54, has been missing since Nov. 8, 2021, when he left the Miles campus of Lincoln Health in Damariscotta against medical advice, according to Waldoboro Police Chief John Lash.

Prior searches at the time Barter disappeared, including a marine search, came up empty.

A community search organized by friends and fellow clam diggers on April 9 focused on the area around the hospital and an area around the trailer park at Lady Slipper Lane where Barter lived. That search also turned up no evidence regarding Barter’s fate.

The teams deployed on Wednesday by the warden service searched the Route 1 corridor from Damariscotta to Waldoboro, according to Lash.

Barter was last seen wearing blue jeans and a navy-blue sweatshirt with a marijuana leaf on the back. He is 5-foot-7 and weighs around 150 pounds. Community search organizer Brian Bennett said Barter usually wore white gym shoes and carried a gray and brown bandana in his pocket.

Anyone with information about Barter can call the Waldoboro Police Department at 832-4500. Bennett is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to Barter’s discovery.
 

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Official Search Finds No Sign of Missing Waldoboro Man – Lincoln County News
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Six teams with human remains detection dogs from the Maine Warden Service found no sign of missing Waldoboro resident Douglas Barter on April 20.

The weather worked well for the search,” said Sgt. Josh Bubier of the Maine Warden Service. “It was perfect – sunny conditions, a decent breeze, which helps the dogs carry the scent.”

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Bubier said that after reviewing the area where Barter disappeared with the Waldoboro and Damariscotta police departments, “it was just natural to think he might have been trying to walk or get back home.” Route 1 is the most direct route that Barter could have taken, and the Route 1 corridor became the focus of this latest search.

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At this point, it’s somewhat of a needle in a haystack,” Bubier said. Searches are more difficult when there’s no specific “place last seen,” no abandoned vehicle to indicate direction. “When people leave on foot, where do you start?”

“The situation is an unfortunate one,” Lash said in an April 25 email. “I really wanted to get some closure for his mother and his friends. “Being a small department, we rely on state agencies to help us out, which they have done … That being said, we need new leads.”
 

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Found deceased. :(


WALDOBORO, Maine —
Police say they have confirmed that a body found on Thanksgiving Day in Waldoboro is that of a Waldoboro man who had been missing for more than a year.

Waldoboro Police say a hunter found human remains off Old County Road on Thanksgiving Day. Local and state police both responded to the scene.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, the Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that the remains are those of Douglas Barter.

Barter was last seen on Nov. 8, 2021, after leaving Miles Memorial Emergency Department against medical advice. He was reported missing on Nov. 9 when he did not return home.

There were several search efforts in the following weeks and days, including law enforcement and civilians, but to no avail.

A cause of death was not released, but police said they did not suspect foul play.
 
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