Missing Gould Farm guest's body found

Editor's note: This article was updated on April 15, 2014 to correct the date of discovery. The body of Alexander Dickey was found on Saturday, not Sunday, as previously stated.

GREAT BARRINGTON -- The body of a former guest of Gould Farm was discovered Saturday, according to farm officials.

Gould Farm Executive Director Lisanne Finston confirmed that the body of Alexander Dickey, 28, was found Saturday. Finston said she was not sure exactly where the body was found.

Dickey, originally from New Hampshire, had been missing last October. He was last seen when a Gould Farm van dropped him off for an outing on Oct. 19 at about 1:40 p.m. on Quarry Street in Great Barrington.

The 5-foot-10 inch Dickey was described as slender, with brown hair, blue eyes and glasses. He was reported missing after he didn't report to an assigned pick-up location at 4:40 p.m.

Gould Farm is a psychiatric haven for people with mental health issues located in Monterey. The patients are called guests, and a portion of their treatment is working at the farm, and then later at the Roadside Store, a restaurant operated by Gould Farm.

Finston said the farm was notified by Monterey Police Chief Gareth Backhaus of the discovery on Monday. Backhaus referred a reporter to the Great Barrington Police Dept. No one from that department returned calls to The Eagle.

Finston said Backhaus has also notified Dickey's family.

"From our perspective, this is a tragedy," said Finston. "Our sympathies are for the family. We hope this situation, however sad, will buy some closure for them."

Quarry Street is a relatively short street branching off of East Street. It is located about a mile northwest of East Mountain State Forest.

Later that month, Great Barrington police and Veri-zon Wireless tracked the last known signal from Dickey's cell phone to the East Mountain summit area, also known as East Rock.

That location is east of Quarry Road, indicating the young man may have been trying to make his way back to Gould Farm. The summit is located near the eastern border of the Great Barrington-Monterey town line.

That phone signal triggered a search by the Great Barrington, Monterey and state police. Also assisting were volunteers from the farm. But the search proved unsuccessful.

Later that month, the Berkshire Mountain Search and Rescue Team initiated a search in the same area that was unsuccessful.

Police also received a tip around that time that indicated the young man might have been seen in the Lake Mansfield area, located about two miles west of East Mountain. However, that tip also proved futile.

Police continued to follow up on tips throughout the past few months.

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