UPDATE: UMaine officials say Afshin Zarechian has been located

Published: Apr. 19, 2021 at 11:07 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 20, 2021 at 4:28 PM EDT
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BRIDGTON, Maine (WABI) - UPDATE (4-20-21): The man thought to be behind a social media threat that had the University of Maine on high alert over the weekend has been found.

According to officials at the University of Maine, 20-year-old Afshin Zarechian, of Manchester N.H., was safely located in Western Maine.

Our media partner, WMTW, reports that officials say Zarechian was located in Fryeburg, with the green BMW police said to be on the lookout for.

WMTW says the vehicle was found in the woods off of Route 302, which was closed much of Tuesday afternoon after multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the area.

It is unclear if Zarechian was arrested or if he faces any charges.

We’ll have more information is it becomes available.

(4-19-2021): The UMaine Police Department says there is no active threat to the university community at this time.

They say this comes after conducting a thorough investigation and after careful analysis with help from state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The investigation began following a social media post they say came to light on Saturday night.

Extra safety precautions were put into place over the weekend on the campus and police were actively searching for Afshin Zarechian, 20, of Manchester, after the social media threat.

In a brief statement Monday, they say, ”There continues to be no indication that Afshin Zarechian is in the local area. UMaine PD extends its thanks to the university community for its cooperation throughout this investigation. Community members are always reminded to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings.”

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