Maine State Police divers have been searching the Presumpscot River in Westbrook this week in hopes of finding clues to the location of a missing Portland man.

A brief update provided by Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland Thursday afternoon did not indicate what investigators hoped to find in the river, but described the search as being “for clues.”

“The nine-member dive team spent three hours in the water this morning and nothing was found,” McCausland said in a short email statement. “The team was also in the river on Saturday.”

Police are looking for anything that might point to the whereabouts of Sebastian Kelley, 30, of Portland, who was last seen around Gilman Street in the city on June 17.

Those close to Kelley have told reporters they’re concerned he’s the victim of foul play.

“This amount of time is not normal, something is wrong,” Jessica Marr, the mother of Kelley’s daughter, told Portland television station WCSH. “It’s torture, it’s pure torture — I would just like some answers, something. .. It’s hard because I feel like foul play is a big, you know, elephant in the room at this point. You know obviously something is wrong.”

Thursday’s dive took place near Ash Street, according to McCausland. He said police dogs were also brought to the scene to help during the search of the area.

Kelley’s fiance, Cassie Doughty, told WCSH “it’s not like him at all” to “go this long without contacting someone.”

“He’s been through a lot but he’s a really good person and I just hope he’s OK,” she said.

Portland police have described Kelley as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing about 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and a neck tattoo which reads “Willow Grace.”

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.