A Machias hospital has launched an internal
investigation into the death of a 61-year-old Eastport man whose
body was found partially buried under fresh snow the day after he
was discharged at his own request.
Officials say Reid Emery left Down East Community Hospital on
Tuesday evening against the wishes of doctors and nurses. His body
was found the following afternoon a few hundred feet from the
Although there’s nothing suspicious about Emery’s death, the
case is far from closed. Police reports suggest he froze to death,
but a final determination could take months.
Meanwhile, the hospital is looking into the death. Officials
won’t comment on Emery’s specific situation, but point out that
patients are generally allowed to sign themselves out of the
hospital if they are deemed competent.