UPDATED: Police identify man who drowned in the Simonton Quarry in Rockport

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 4:45pm

    ROCKPORT — Camden-Rockport Police Chief Randy Gagne said Wednesday afternoon, July 28, that the man who died in the Simonton Quarry, on Main Street in Rockport, was Joshua D. Clapp, 38, of Rockport.

    At 8:45 p.m., July 27, the Maine Warden Service located a body at the bottom of the quarry, following a full day’s search using a remote operated vehicle.

    Divers with the Warden Service recovered Clapp from the water, and took him to land with the help of Camden and Rockport police and firefighters with the Rockport Fire Department.

    “The body has been turned over to the State Medical Examiner’s Office,” said Camden-Rockport Police Chief Randy Gagne. “The circumstances do not appear suspicious.”

    There will be an autopsy, said Gagne.

    July 27: ROCKPORT — They are hoping it is all for nothing, but Rockport and Camden police, along with personnel of the Maine Warden Service, are searching the water-filled Simonton Quarry for any signs of a swimmer.

    Motorists traveling along outer Main Street in Rockport reported July 27 that a bicycle had been resting for two days against the gate at the entrance to the main quarry that lies beside the road, beyond overgrown vegetation.

    The quarry is part of the 11-acre Simonton Quarry Preserve, which is owned by Coastal Mountains Land Trust. There are three old limestone quarries on the parcel, and the largest one is filled with dark water of depths to 100 feet.

    Police began investigating at approximately 11 a.m., July 27, finding the bike and backpack and beside the edge of the quarry, a change of clothes, said Camden Police Detective Curt Andrick, “which leads us to believe that someone could have gone swimming.”

    The Maine Warden Service is using an underwater remote operated vehicle, but no divers have been called in.

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