The body of a well-known Bangor area minister and community leader was found in the Penobscot River off Prospect early Sunday morning, Nov. 13, a man police said had been under investigation prior to his death.

The body of the Rev. Bob Carlson of Bangor was discovered late Sunday morning after police conducted a search of the waters below the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, according to a press release issued by the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office Monday, Nov. 14.

Police initially responded to the bridge after a 39-year-old Bucksport woman called the Waldo County Regional Communications Center at about 3:55 a.m. Sunday to report a vehicle parked in the middle of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. The caller reported the vehicle was abandoned, according to police.

When deputies arrived on scene, they found the vehicle parked on the right side of the eastbound lane. Upon further inspection, according to the release, police found identification belonging to Carlson inside the vehicle.

A search of the river was subsequently conducted, according to the release, resulting in the discovery of Carlson’s body. Carlson’s body was been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for an autopsy. Police said there was no indication of any other persons involved, nor was there any indication of foul play.

Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 15, Maine State Police Public Information Officer Steve McCausland confirmed that Carlson had recently been the subject of a Maine State Police investigation.

McCausland, who declined to reveal the specific nature of the police inquiries about Carlson, said the investigation was prompted by a letter that came from the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office. That letter, added McCausland, was delivered to police Thursday, Nov. 10.

McCausland said the investigation regarding Carlson is still ongoing.

“It remains open, the primary reason being there may be members of the public who want to share information with us, and we’re here to listen,” said McCausland.

Final determination resulting from the investigation by the Sheriff’s Office is not expected until later this week or the first of next week, according to officials there. Detective Merl Reed is the primary officer on the case.