Body identified as missing Thomaston clammer

ELLSWORTH — A body recovered in Long Cove on Monday has been identified as Paul Benner of Thomaston.

The Marine Patrol had been searching the area for Benner, who was reported missing a little before 11 p.m. on Jan. 4. He had been digging clams in Long Cove earlier that evening.

Benner’s body was discovered a little before noon Monday near Tenants Harbor by Marine Patrol officers using side scan sonar, the Department of Marine Resources announced.

The body was then recovered by the Maine State Police/Marine Patrol Dive Team and transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office, which confirmed that it was Benner.

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