ORONO, Maine — The body of a man found on Saturday in his car submerged in Pushaw Lake has been identified as Christopher Sargent, 54, of Bangor, Orono police Capt. Josh Ewing said Monday.
“It’s been ruled a drowning,” he said. “The investigation has been closed because there is nothing suspicious.”
Sargent, who was in the driver’s seat of his Ford Escort wagon that was found approximately 50 yards from shore, was reported missing by his family last week, Ewing said.
“They became concerned and hadn’t spoken to him since Wednesday,” he said.
A couple of duck hunters who had gone out onto the water before sunrise Saturday noticed Sargent’s vehicle in the water near Gould’s Landing.
“They were coming back in and saw a red car,” Ewing said. “The vehicle matched a vehicle description of Mr. Sargent, who had been missing a couple of days.”
The duck hunters called police just after 8 a.m. Saturday.
Orono Fire Department personnel and police, along with Bangor Fire Department’s heavy rescue unit, which included two divers, arrived at the scene and determined that there was a body in the submerged vehicle.
The Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police criminal investigation division were called for assistance with determining whether there was anything suspicious and to help with the recovery effort, Ewing said.
“Nothing looked suspicious,” he said.
A family friend identified the body as Sargent. His vehicle was towed from the area by Sullivan’s Garage and taken to the Orono Police Department, and his body was sent to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy.
At noontime Monday, the medical examiner’s office had not yet determined Sargent’s cause of death.