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Maine Attorney General Asked To Review Hiker’s Death After Dispute Over Blood Alcohol

Independent state lawmaker Jeffrey Evangelos has asked the Maine attorney general’s office to review a contested finding in the death of a Massachusetts man while hiking in Maine this summer.

The state’s chief medical examiner, Dr. Mark Flomenbaum, determined alcoholism was a factor, but the man’s family disputes the finding. Evangelos says he made the request after the Bangor Daily News reported that two other forensic toxicologists who evaluated the case determined the alcohol found in the man’s blood was due to the decay of his body.

“It just lends to concerns about the issues of his credibility,” he says.

Evangelos says the case will be added to a complaint he filed last winter against Flomenbaum. That complaint, which is still under review, stemmed from the medical examiner changing his mind about his findings in a murder case that resulted in a mistrial.

The attorney general’s office did not respond to a request for comment.