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Man dies in Augusta police station

2-15-2008 Maine:

AUGUSTA -- A convicted sex offender recently released from jail died early Sunday in the public bathroom at the Augusta Police Department.

The official cause of death is not yet known, and the state's medical examiner is looking into the death as a possible suicide.

Dean Sawyer, 51, who showed addresses in Augusta and Casco, was released from jail last week after serving a sentence for failing to register with sex offender registries in Augusta and Chelsea.

After spending one night at Togus Gate Lodge on Eastern Avenue, Sawyer was without a place to sleep Saturday, according to Augusta police.

Sawyer was allowed to spend the night in the lobby of the police station to stay warm, police Sgt. Chris Massey said. He was not in custody.

Early Sunday morning, the dispatcher on duty noticed Sawyer had been absent from the lobby for several hours, Massey said. His belongings remained in the lobby.

The dispatcher notified the supervising officer, who found Sawyer dead in the bathroom. ..more.. by Kennebec Journal

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