A man's body was recovered from the Penobscot River downstream from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Have Officials Identified the Deceased?

The deceased has been identified as Mark Hatch, 44, of Gray, Maine.

What Prompted the Search?

The Maine Marine Patrol got a report at approximately 6:00 Friday morning that an abandoned truck had been spotted near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Officials have not commented on whether the truck was parked on Verona Island or in Prospect. Members of the Bucksport Police and Hancock County Sheriff's Departments investigated and found identification inside belonging to Mr. Hatch. In addition, they watched a security camera video from a local business that showed what officials believe to be Hatch parking his truck in the location where it was found early Friday morning and walking onto the bridge.

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An inspection of the scene revealed personal items belonging to Hatch that were located on the railing. That prompted the river search. The Marine Patrol located the deceased man approximately a half mile downriver of the bridge at 8:15 Friday morning. He was taken to a local funeral home.

Our condolences to Mr. Hatch's family and friends.

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