UPDATED: Escaped inmate's cause of death ruled suicide

By Juliette Laaka | Sep 26, 2012
Photo by: Juliette Laaka Officers from the Department of Corrections check the trunks of vehicles passing over the green bridge in Thomaston, Saturday, Sept. 22 during the search for escaped inmate Brian Floyd. Floyd was found dead Sept. 23 in Friendship from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

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.

Brian Floyd escaped from the minimum security unit Bolduc Correctional Facility in Warren Friday, Sept. 21. He was found dead Sept. 23 in Friendship by the state police tactical team. (Courtesy of: Maine Department of Corrections)
Comments (5)
Posted by: mary strout | Sep 28, 2012 09:33

Really makes you wonder why a kid would rather kill himself than go back....

Posted by: joanne carl | Sep 26, 2012 10:24

just so sad so young and yes i would to be interested in knowing how this young man died.Such a young life lost. My prayers go out to his family and friends.

Posted by: Marcia Peters | Sep 24, 2012 07:41

This situation is nutz. Highly unlikely this escapee got loose on his own and highly unlikely he would commit suicide or someone would kill him over his sentence for theft.  Hopefully, the news media will not drop the ball and keep the public updated and informed of all aspects surrounding this matter. 

Posted by: Kathleen D Daley | Sep 24, 2012 07:31

I don't think New Hope meant that comment in anyway to be demeaning of young Floyd.  My father was a prison guard for 25 years, and I know from him that young, good looking men were always abused by other older prisoners. It is a sad truth, and I do believe that New Hope was being sympathic to Floyd even though it may not have come across thay way to you, Valerie.

Kathleen Daley

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Sep 24, 2012 07:01

Not so nice, New Hope!  I am surprised by your comment.  Regardless of this man's past, he does have family and people that love him.  Think an apology is due from your callous post!

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