HALLOWELL – The death of an Augusta man whose body was found off Winthrop Street on Sunday is being called suspicious.

The body of Paul Allen, 47, was discovered among granite barricades that separate a turnoff from a trail leading to a granite quarry.

Local police, the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team and Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Margaret Greenwald spent several hours at the scene. An autopsy on Allen’s body is scheduled for today at the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

Maine game wardens had been searching for Allen since Saturday afternoon, when his pickup truck was found parked on nearby Town Farm Road, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Game wardens using dogs discovered the body around noon Sunday about a mile from where Allen’s truck was found.

“Investigators say Allen was last seen at the Crystal Falls toy auction in Chelsea Thursday night,” McCausland said.

State police gathered evidence and took measurements while game wardens searched the area with dogs. Yellow crime tape was strung between warden trucks and police cruisers to prevent public access.

Allen’s body was found roughly 30 feet from the street. The nearest house is on the opposite side of the road about 150 feet away. A wooded area separates the house from the site where Allen’s body was found.

McCausland said police spent much of the day Sunday conducting interviews at the Augusta Police Department.

Detectives “talked to friends and family in an attempt to retrace Allen’s whereabouts since Thursday night,” McCausland said. “They are asking for help from anyone who may have seen him or his truck since that time.”

Allen drove a dark green extended-cab Ford Ranger with a lifelike illustration of a coyote on the back window, McCausland said.

McCausland asked anyone with information to call the state police in Augusta at 624-7076.