2013-05-04 / Front Page

Family told body likely Doherty's

Bath native missing since April 5
By BOB MENTZINGER, Times Record Staff

Police recovered a body today presumed to be that of a Bath native missing since April 5.

Family members of Daniel Doherty, 46, said police contacted them today to advise them a body had been recovered below the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge near North River Road in Auburn.

Lewiston police Lt. David St. Pierre said people in a canoe on the Androscoggin River made the discovery and called police at 1:44 p.m. The body was recovered at 3 p.m. and taken to the office of the state medical examiner for positive identification, he said.

“It’s not certain the body is that of Daniel Doherty,” St. Pierre said Saturday. The body “is the same gender and general description” as Doherty, St. Pierre said, and police called the family as a courtesy.

Michelle Cox said the recovery was in the area of the bridge where Doherty’s vehicle was recovered after being found parked erratically near midnight April 5.

“That’s the area where he went into,” Cox said. “We had looked there, with a dog. We kept looking. Every time I did a search, I stopped there.”

At the time of his disappearance, Doherty -- a Morse High School graduate and manager of a Lewiston apartment building -- was said to be despondent over a contentious divorce. Most of his associates agree he was experiencing what his mother called “emotional issues.”


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