May 27, 2018
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Police yet to release ID of body found in river

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The name of the man whose body was found floating in the Penobscot River on Aug. 12 still was being withheld Thursday.

Citing an update from the department’s detectives, Bangor police Lt. Jeff Millard said last week that the man’s name was being withheld because police had been unable to locate his family for notification. He said investigators believe they may have located a relative in California but had not been able to make contact with that person.

On Thursday, Detective Sgt. Paul Kenison said that the apparent drowning remains under investigation and that the police department expected to release the man’s name in the near future.

Police said earlier this month that the man had drowned, but they weren’t immediately able to determine whether the death was accidental or the result of a suicide.

Police were alerted about 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, that a man might be missing after passers-by noticed clothing and other personal items on a dock behind the Sea Dog. 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 at that time, was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy. The office, however, does not release information about cases without being provided a name.

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