Young man's death in St. Agatha a mystery

20 April 2012

ST. AGATHA – Local folks are trying to understand what caused a 20-year-old Wisdom High School graduate to collapse and die on Wednesday night, and Maine State Police have declined to release any information at this time.

According to the Maine State Medical Examiner's office, the coroner has completed an autopsy on Matt Taylor, 20, who apparently died late Wednesday evening. Spokesperson for the medical examiner, Mark Belserene, said the office is waiting for results from toxicology testing before issuing a report.

Belserene confirmed that authorities contacted their office on Thursday morning regarding Taylor's death.

He said it may be six weeks before the medical examiner issues a report.

There are few other details available.

At 10:11 p.m., April 18, the Fort Kent Police dispatcher received a 911 call to 314 Flat Mountain Road in St. Agatha. The police blotter indicates emergency personnel headed to the location immediately.

While the ambulance was racing to site, the Fort Kent dispatcher received a call that someone was performing CPR on the victim.

There are no other official details, though witnesses have reported that a Maine State Trooper is questioning people about the circumstances surrounding the death.

Sergeant Brian L. Harris of the Maine State Police said in an email, “I'm sorry but we are not releasing any information at this time.”

Taylor was an employee at the McDonalds in Madawaska. He participated in the St. John Valley Tech Center programs and graduated from Wisdom High School in 2011.

Several friends have left encouraging remarks on Taylor's Facebook page.