A body recovered in the northwest area of Pocumcus Lake has been positively identified as Lowell Wheaton, age 62 of Old Town. Lowell had been missing since April 27 and presumed drowned in Pocumcus Lake. His body was spotted at approximately 10:00 a.m. by a Pocumcus Lake camp owner who then called 911, and the body was later recovered by the Maine Warden Service.
Wheaton had been missing since he had travelled to his camp on Pocumcus Lake 18 days ago. His canoe with an attached outboard motor was found drifting on Pocumcus Lake the next day, April 28, triggering a large scale search of the lake and surrounding roads and woods.
The Maine Warden Service, with assistance from the Maine Forest Service, Maine State Police, Passamaquoddy Game Wardens, and others, had searched both the lake and surrounding shorelines and roads, and Maine Warden Service aircraft and a Maine Forest Service helicopter also searched the area. The Maine Warden Service Dive Team searched Pocumcus Lake with sonar, an underwater ROV and divers for seven days.
Pocumcus Lake is part of the West Grand Lakes area, as Sysladobsis Lake flows into Pocumcus Lake, and Pocumcus Lake flows into West Grand Lake.