SEARSPORT — The body of a dead male washed ashore on Sears Island in Searsport and was discovered by a group of hikers Saturday morning.

The hikers reported the body about 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. Deputies responded to the scene and assessed the man’s body, but provided no further details.

A Waldo Sheriff’s Office spokesman told local media on Saturday that the body appeared to have been in the water for a significant period, and the victim appeared to be in his 20s. Missing-person cases were active in the area because of people jumping into the Penobscot River, the spokesman said.

The Waldo Sheriff’s Office is working with multiple agencies to confirm the male’s identity and determine the circumstances of the incident.

The body was taken from the scene to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for an autopsy.

On Tuesday morning, Nov. 29, Waldo County Sheriff’s Office referred The Republican Journal to Presque Isle  police for comment. Reports have been circulating on social media that the remains were those of Chase Dmuchowsky, 21; Presque Isle police are the lead investigators in his disappearance. Presque Isle Detective Tyler Seeley told The Journal there are no new reports in the investigation.

The University of Maine Presque Isle student was last seen leaving the UMPI campus around 6 p.m. Oct. 24, according to a previous police report. His car was found running near the Penobscot Narrows Bridge late that night. Subsequent Maine Marine Patrol efforts to find Dmuchowsky were unsuccessful.

Republican Journal reporter Kendra Caruso contributed to this story.

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