PARSONSFIELD, Maine — A missing Sebego woman, 28-year-old Sarah McCarthy, was found dead in the Ossipee River last Sunday, according to a press release from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.
At about 12:55 p.m. Sunday, a person driving along Elm Street and Federal Road (Route 25) in Parsonsfield spotted a car submerged in the Ossipee River.
The sheriff’s office had announced McCarthy was missing at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Emergency crews immediately responded and were able to pull the vehicle from the river,” said the sheriff’s office.
“The vehicle was occupied by a lone female and has since been confirmed to be our missing person, Sarah McCarthy. Unfortunately, McCarthy is deceased.”
Evidence at the scene, the sheriff’s office said, suggested that McCarthy, 28, was driving “westbound on Federal Road toward New Hampshire at a high rate of speed.
“She failed to navigate a turn in the road, and her vehicle careened off a snowbank and into the river.”
The circumstances leading to McCarthy’s death are being investigated by members of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and York County Sheriff’s Office.
McCarthy was last seen leaving the Fairgrounds Pizza and Pub at 156 Maple St. in Cornish, where she worked as a bartender/waitress, just before midnight Friday night. She was driving a gray 2010 Subaru Forester with Maine registration.
“McCarthy had telephone contact with family and friends shortly after leaving work; however, she sounded very disoriented and claimed she did not know where she was,” the press release said.
“Although McCarthy was believed to be driving her car, she claimed to be lost and cold. McCarthy was planning to meet a friend in Conway, N.H., after work but never arrived,” the release said, adding, “The public safety community wishes to express its condolences to Sarah’s family and friends.” “The CCSO also wishes to thank members of the public for their numerous tips in trying to find Sarah, along with the driver who spotted the car in the river and notified police.”
On Monday, Fairgrounds Pizza and Pub posted this to its Facebook page: “All of us at Fairgrounds are saddened by the devastating loss of our good friend Sarie McCarthy.
“We extend our deepest, heartfelt condolences to her family and friends at this difficult time. Everyone who knew her was touched by her kind and cheery spirit."