DETROIT — Evidence collected over the weekend as part of the investigation of the suspicious death of a Main Street man is being examined this week at the state police crime laboratory in Augusta, authorities said.

The body of Ricky Cole, 47, was discovered early Thursday morning inside the mobile home he was renting at 24 Main St.

The cause of death has not been released. An autopsy was performed Friday at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta, but the results were not ready for release Monday, according to office administrator Mark Belserene.

“The cause and manner of death are pending further information,” Belserene said Monday.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Monday that the death still is considered suspicious, but has not been classified as a homicide.

McCausland said detectives from the state police Major Crimes Unit continued work over the weekend and again on Monday. McCausland said there were no new developments in the case as of Monday afternoon.


In Detroit on Friday, at least one diver searched a pond in a swampy area near the mobile home where Cole was living.

Detectives from the State Police Evidence Response Team removed clothing and other items from a mobile home in nearby Palmyra on Thursday and an unidentified man was interviewed by police. Police said the activity in Palmyra was related to the Detroit death, but would not comment further.

No one has been charged in the death.

Somerset County sheriff’s deputies and Pittsfield police officers were called to the Detroit home just after 3 a.m. Thursday about a report of a man who was dead in his home.

Somerset County Sheriff’s Detective Lt. Carl Gottardi said when investigators from the department arrived, they found Cole’s body and called state police, which handles most homicides in Maine.

The state police Major Crimes Unit arrived and processed the scene, and the body was removed from the home about 10 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367
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