Man drowns in Penobscot River

Posted Aug. 13, 2010, at 3:16 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police have retrieved the body of a local man who was found floating in the Penobscot River late Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Tim Reid said the man, who was not identified because police had not yet notified family members, drowned, but the officer couldn’t say whether the incident was an accidental death or suicide.

“There was nothing alarming or suspicious about his death, but the hows and whys we may not know,” Reid said Friday.

Police were alerted at about 10:30 a.m. Thursday that a man might be missing after passers-by noticed clothing and other personal items on a dock behind the Sea Dog Restaurant. A shirt also was floating in the water nearby.

Several hours later, police were notified again by passers-by. This time, the body was recovered a short distance from the dock.

The man, who was in his 40s, Reid said, was taken late Thursday to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy. A spokeswoman for the office said Friday that she could not release any information about the case until the man’s identity was made public.

Bangor Daily News writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.

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