Body Recovered from Kennebec River


DATE: October 26, 2018

CONTACT: Jeff Nichols, Maine Department of Marine Resources, 207-624-6569

Richmond - The Maine State Police/Marine Patrol dive team recovered a body from the Kennebec River today at approximately 3:10 p.m. The identity of the body will be confirmed by the Medical Examiner's Office.

The recovery occurred after an extensive search for Mark Johnston, 64 of Richmond who was reported missing last night at 9:21 p.m. According to Marine Patrol reports, he was planning to move his 32-foot recreational vessel from a mooring in Richmond to the Town Dock at approximately 6:15 PM.

Marine Patrol Officers, US Coast Guard and members of the Dresden Fire Department, Woolwich Fire Department, Bowdoinham Fire Department, the Maine Warden Service, the Richmond Harbormaster, and local Police Department personnel responded to the scene last night.

At approximately 10:30 PM, Johnston,s boat was discovered by Marine Patrol aground on the western side of Swan Island, across the river from Richmond. The boat was running and its navigation lights were on, however no one was on-board.

The search was temporarily suspended at 2:30 a.m. this morning and resumed at 7 a.m. with divers concentrating their search near the town dock.

Divers discovered the body approximately 20 feet from the town dock in approximately 15 feet of water.