Portland police have identified the body found Thursday morning in Portland Harbor as that of Paul J. Kirchhoff, a Portland fisherman.

“[T]here is nothing overtly suspicious about his death,” Portland police Lt. Robert Martin said In a news release issued Friday afternoon, adding “we are still investigating the circumstances leading up to the discovery of his body.”

The state medical examiner’s office determined that Kirchhoff, 42, died from drowning, with no other source of physical trauma, according to Martin. Kirchhoff’s body was found in the water near Long Wharf.

The fisherman, who was from the Portland area, was last seen leaving J’s Oyster bar on the waterfront, where he had been with friends, Martin said. Kirchhoff had no fixed address, he said.

Police are looking for anyone who may have seen Kirchhoff in the hours leading up to his death. Martin describes the man as being 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 135 pounds and wearing a red Boston Red Sox T-shirt and baggy denim overalls at the time of his death.

Anyone with information about Kirchhoff’s final hours is encouraged to call the Portland police at 874-8575.


Seth Koenig

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