Police investigate death of Portland man missing since September

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PORTLAND — City police continue to investigate the death of a man whose body was found off Congress Street Nov. 14.

Lt. Robert Martin said Edward Blumenthal, who was 57, appears to have been struck by a vehicle near where Congress Street crosses the Fore River.

“The (state) medical examiner has determined that his cause of death was the result of blunt force trauma consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle,” Martin said in a Nov. 16 press release.

Blumenthal’s body was found a short distance from the road in some brush. He appears to have been walking east on Congress Street toward the city’s peninsula when struck by a large vehicle traveling in the same direction, Martin said. 

Blumenthal, of 30 Preble St., was last seen Sept. 9 at 7:41 p.m., when building surveillance video recorded him leaving his apartment, Martin said. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed about 180 pounds.

Blumenthal was last seen wearing an orange jacket and blue jeans and had short gray/brown hair and blue eyes. Martin said he was found with his cell phone, which lost power at 7:51 a.m. on Sept. 10.

Martin said anyone with information about Blumenthal can call the Police Traffic Division at 874-8908. Anonymous tips can be made by texting 274637 with the keyword “GOTCHA, or by going to www.portland-police.com and clicking “Submit an Anonymous Crime Tip.”

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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The body of Edward Blumenthal, who was missing since Sept. 9, was found Nov. 14 off Congress Street in Portland. Police believe he was hit by a vehicle while walking eastbound near the Fore River.

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