AUGUSTA — An Augusta man reported missing at the end of January died by suicide.

Pierre “Pete” Bolduc

When Augusta Police announced they had found the body of Pierre “Pete” Bolduc on March 3, they said the circumstances of his death were not suspicious.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner made the determination in Bolduc’s death. Bolduc’s body was found near Bond Brook in the wooded area behind the Central Maine Power substation off Mount Vernon Avenue. His date of death is listed as March 3.

On Jan. 28, Augusta police issued a news release seeking the public’s help in locating Bolduc. At that time, they didn’t know what he might be wearing or whether he was on foot or traveling in a vehicle.

Greg Marley, clinical director and director of suicide prevention at NAMI Maine, said his organization and the Maine Suicide Prevention Program recognizes suicide as an often preventable tragedy.

“Prevention relies on the connection and the caring concern of everybody,” Marley said. “Prevention is up to all of us, not just the experts.”

He said the legacy of losing someone to suicide is the storm of uncertainty and the questions that people aren’t able to answer, such as whether they could have done anything.

“If you’re concerned about someone else, it’s connection, it’s breaking isolation for someone in crisis and supporting them to get help,” Marley said. “That’s what we train people to do.”

In Maine, suicide is the ninth leading cause of death, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

In most years, Marley said, Maine has the highest rate of suicide in the northeastern United States.

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