Person found dead in Portland likely jumped from hospital parking garage, police say

Posted Feb. 18, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2014, at 1:27 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police said they believe the person whose body was found near Congress Street Tuesday morning may have jumped from the nearby Maine Medical Center parking garage.

Lt. James Sweatt of the Portland Police Department said police went to the scene just before 8 a.m. Tuesday.

“At this time we’re investigating it as a possibility of a self-inflicted injury — a fall from the garage — but it’s still pending further investigation,” Sweatt told the Bangor Daily News. “At this time there’s no indication of foul play.”

Sweatt said police are not yet releasing the person’s name, age or gender. He said investigators are attempting to review surveillance camera videos from nearby buildings and find people who may have witnessed the event.

He asked anyone who saw the incident take place or anything suspicious in the area to call the police at 874-8575. The parking garage is a nine-level structure.

Anonymous tips can be left by calling 874-8584, texting the keyword “GOTCHA” and a message to 274637, or visiting the website www.portland-police.com.

In late August, police responded to reports of a dead body in Free Street and determined the 54-year-old man jumped more than 80 feet to his death from a nearby parking garage in that case.

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