A body was discovered near Addison, Maine on Monday has been identified as 18-year-old lobsterman, Tylar Michaud.
Michaud was reported missing exactly one month prior, when he never returned home from a day out hauling and setting lobster gear near Petit Manan Point. His body was discovered by a lobsterman from Jonesport at around 9:30 am, Monday, about 7 miles from where his unoccupied fishing vessel was found back in July.
Maine DMR Commissioner Patrick Keliher said in a statement Friday, “I’m grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support that followed Tylar’s disappearance. The efforts of all who joined in the difficult search were unprecedented. Many agencies and individuals devoted countless hours to this search. It speaks volumes about the profound impact a loss like this can have.”
The Portland Press Herald reported that Michaud’s family and friends had gathered at Sumner Memorial High School in Sullivan, where he had just graduated this spring, for a celebration of life just one day before the discovery of his body. Michaud was headed to Maine Maritime Academy in the fall to further his career on the ocean and study engineering. His celebration of life was a tribute to the beautiful life he lived fishing, hunting and playing baseball, with his lobster buoys lining the halls of Sumner Memorial.
Michaud’s family is beyond grateful for the support received so far in Maine and the fishing community. A GoFundMe was organized by family friend, Angela Kennedy, who stated that “Tylar was like a nephew to me.” GoFundMe was able to raise over $24,000 towards his celebration of life and the remaining funds will be used to create a scholarship in his name.