BANGOR- A grueling several weeks for friends and family of Paul Francis III, better known as June Bug.
“If you followed our search at all…55 days…and that’s why I kept going. For the prayers and love and support for people all across Maine,” said Robert Kearns, search organizer.
They now have the closure that they have been hoping for since the beginning of December.
“It’s a sad situation, but they needed closure,” said family friend Mary Sappier.
The Medical Examiners Office announced on Wednesday that a body recovered from the Penobscot River in Bucksport on Saturday has been identified as June Bug.
Francis was last seen leaving a party on Sanford Street in Bangor on the late night hours of December 2nd.
Friends and family have spent every day since out on the streets searching for him.
“If the great creator has taken him, we need his vessel to lay him to rest with his mother. And that’s what we were asked to do by his father. If this is the result, this is what we’re looking for, and I’m thankful that we could find him because without that it’s a mystery forever,” said Kearns.
Information received by the Bangor Police Department Criminal Investigation Division suggests Francis was showing behaviors of someone who may have been despondent.
And while this story has a sad end, friends and family hope people remember all of June Bug’s shining qualities.
“He was a creative soul, a beautiful man, a great father,” said Kearns.
“Good person and a good father to his son. And a beautiful Native American dancer,” said Sappier.
The cause of death has not yet been determined, and there is no indication of foul play.