BUCKSPORT- A startling discovery in the Penobscot River behind the old Verso Mill in Bucksport, as the Bucksport Police recovered a male body early on Saturday.
As of Saturday, we do not know the identity of the body, but we do know that the Bangor Police Department is handling the case.
In a statement, Sergeant Tim Cotton says that the Medical Examiner’s Office is working to positively identify the individual.
Detectives from the Bangor Police are working with the Medical Examiner’s Office to learn whether this is related to a case that they are currently working on.
The discovery comes about seven weeks after Paul Francis III, better known as June Bug, was last seen at a party on Sanford Street in Bangor.
At this time, it is not clear whether or not the recovered body is Francis, but DEEMI Search and Rescue, who has been assisting in the search, says it would line up with their findings so far.
“We had a scent dog that found a scent of June Bug down by the 395 bridge. Then later, a second set of dogs came in, cadaver dogs, finding a scent in the river,” said Heidi Clark, a data analyst and research volunteer with DEEMI.
While it’s been a long several weeks, family and friends of June Bug have not given up hope.
And while this may not be the answer they were hoping for, it could offer the closure they have so desperately been seeking.
“If this is our answer, it’s out answer. And we’re looking to find him, good, bad, or not. And if this is the case then we already have him,” said Robert Kearns, a search organizer.
The body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office Saturday night and is scheduled for an autopsy on Sunday or Monday.