Update: Missing Portland man found in Presumpscot River

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PORTLAND — The body of a 52-year-old city man reported missing Aug. 15 was found Tuesday in the Presumpscot River, Portland Police Lt. James Sweatt said in a news release Wednesday.

Robert Koch, who lived at 752 Riverside St., left his home around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 15. He was reportedly last seen in a 7-11 at Riverside Street and Forest Avenue about 4 a.m. Aug. 16, Sweatt said.

Koch was discovered by two city employees and two golfers at the Riverside Golf Course. His death remains under investigation, but Sweatt said “there is no indication the death is suspicious.”  

Sweatt said police, Maine Game Wardens and a K-9 were nearby, conducting a search of Trolley Park at Riverside Street and Forest Avenue when Koch was found. The searchers then recovered Koch’s body, using a park trail to reach the golf course and river.

Koch may have been in distress before his appearance, Sweatt said.

“Mr. Koch suffers from medical conditions that may have altered his mental state,” he said.

David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Portland City Hall reporter for The Forecaster. Baltimore native, lived in Maine since 1989. A journalist since 2005, covering much of Cumberland and York counties. I joined The Forecaster in 2012.