UPDATE – A body has been recovered from the search area.
From the Department of Marine Resources:
“January 8, 2018 – A body was discovered a little before noon today in Long Cove near Tenants Harbor by Marine Patrol Officers using side scan sonar and was recovered by the Maine State Police/Marine Patrol Dive Team. The body is going to be transported to the Medical Examiner’s office for confirmation of identity.
The Marine Patrol has searched the area for Paul Benner of Thomaston, who has been missing since last Thursday. Benner was was reported missing last Thursday night a little before 11 p.m. He had been digging clams in Long Cove earlier that evening.
An update will be issued when identification has been confirmed by the Medical Examiner’s office.”
This morning’s press release from the Department of Marine Resources:
“January 8, 2018 – Marine Patrol is continuing the search today for Paul Benner of Thomaston, who has been missing since last Thursday. Marine Patrol will concentrate its search in Long Cove near Tenants Harbor, where Benner was clamming before being reported missing. Marine Patrol will be using a side scan sonar today, the use of which has been hampered over the past few days due to ice. The Maine State Police/Marine Patrol Dive Team will also be on-scene, while Marine Patrol Pilot Steve Ingram is scheduled to conduct an aerial search today and Officers will be searching the shore along the perimeter of the Cove.From the Department of Marine Resources