UPDATED: Escaped inmate's cause of death ruled suicide
Warren — A dead body found in Friendship has been confirmed as Brian Floyd, 21, of the Belfast area. According to the state medical examiner's office, Floyd died as a result of a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.
The weapon used was a .22 caliber rifle, which belonged to the owners of the house in Friendship where Floyd's body was discovered, according to Maine Public Safety spokesperson Stephen McCausland.
Floyd was found dead by the Maine State Police Tactical Team early Sunday morning at an unoccupied home in Friendship. The residents were away to attend a wedding. There is no connection between Floyd and the homeowners, said McCausland.
Floyd gained entry into the house through an unlocked door. The tactical team was able to locate Floyd because he had been communicating with people via the social networking website Facebook, according to McCausland.
McCausland said he does not have details of the content of the communication.
The time of death was approximately 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23, according to the state medical examiner's office.
Police told the homeowners to stay away from the house until the situation was resolved. They returned to their residence Sunday afternoon, said McCausland.
Floyd had escaped from the Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren at about 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21, according to Judy Plummer, director of special projects with the Maine Department of Corrections.
Floyd started his sentence with the Department of Corrections in June 2012 for theft by unauthorized taking. He was due to be released in 2015 with no probation to follow.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email JLaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.