Police identify man found dead in Old Orchard Beach

Posted Feb. 04, 2014, at 7:56 p.m.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — The man whose body was found Monday morning in the waters off Old Orchard Beach has been identified as a 46-year-old Portland man.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office said Kurt Hoffman died from drowning and they classified the death as a suicide, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Tuesday evening in a news release.

Hoffman recently had been staying with friends in Portland, who found a note from him on Saturday saying he did not plan to return, McCausland said.

Hoffman’s body was found by Old Orchard Beach sewage treatment plant workers in a marshy area of Goosefare Brook. The workers saw his body floating past the highwater mark of a brook tributary near a pump station in the Ocean Park section of town, McCausland said Monday.

BDN writer Seth Koenig contributed to this report.

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