Body discovered in Androscoggin River identified

Posted June 05, 2013, at 2:45 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Wednesday identified a body found in the Androscoggin River this weekend as 34-year-old Jonathan Pye of Brunswick.

The identification was confirmed following an autopsy that took place on Tuesday, spokesman Mark Belserene said.

Pye’s body was discovered by a boater in Merrymeeting Bay just after 10 a.m. Sunday. Brunswick police and fire personnel launched two boats from the Water Street landing and, assisted by the Maine Marine Patrol, retrieved the body from the river near Brick Island in Bowdoinham at 11:41 a.m., according to Deputy Chief Marc Hagan of the Brunswick Police Department.

Pye’s wife reported him missing on May 26, but told police he hadn’t been seen since May 22, Hagan said Tuesday.

“She reported to us that he could be suicidal, but it was also reported that he had made suicidal comments before and not attempted suicide,” Hagan said. “There was talk he might have gone to the Black Bridge, but because it was four days [after he was first missing], there wasn’t enough to start a search.”

The cause and manner of death are pending further studies, Belserene said.

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