DEAD RIVER TOWNSHIP, Maine — The Maine State Police and Maine Marine Patrol dive team recovered the body of 31-year old Caitlin Giunta of York in Flagstaff Lake about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, the state Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife announced Tuesday night.
Divers were focusing on an area that Maine Warden Service side scan sonar operators identified a likely target approximately 500 feet from shore in about 22 feet of water. Game wardens worked with state police and Marine Patrol in a joint diving effort to search a relatively large area of Flagstaff Lake.
The Warden Service and other emergency response agencies had been searching in the woods and waters in and around the lake since Giunta and two others capsized their canoe Saturday evening.
Giunta was canoeing with her boyfriend, Ned Roche, and her brother, Kyle Giunta. The three were motoring across Flagstaff Lake from an island back to the campsite they were staying at when their canoe capsized due to rough lake conditions and heavy wind. Searchers canvassed more than 4 miles of shoreline and 350 acres of water.
In addition to dive operations, the Warden Service was assisted by search teams from the Maine Association for Search and Rescue, who continued to search the wooded inland areas, as well as Maine Forest Service, U.S. Border Patrol, Maine Association for Search and Rescue Dogs, New Portland Fire Department and North Star Ambulance Service. Giunta was transported to Smart and Edwards Funeral Home in Skowhegan.