A 14-year-old Maine boy who disappeared after walking away from home last week was found dead in Maquoit Bay Tuesday morning.
Theo Ferrara’s body was located near Bunganuc Point by the Maine Marine Patrol shortly after 11 a.m. Staff at the Office of the Maine Medical Examiner identified the body, the Portland Press-Herald reported.
Freeport Police Chief Nate Goodman said the medical examiner’s office is still working to determine cause of death, which could take several weeks.
Ferrara was last seen walking north on Flying Point Road in Freeport, not far from his home, as CrimeOnline previously reported. He was reported missing Friday morning, launching an intensive search. The high school he attended postponed its homecoming events as he search stretched over the weekend.
The school district sent counseling and social work staff to help Ferrara’s classmates deal with the news.
“A student death is a difficult and challenging situation that can generate anxiety for some students,” Superintendent Jean Skorapa wrote in a message to the community. “How we, as adults, manage ourselves serves as an important model for helping kids handle tragedies like this. We encourage you to listen carefully to your child and answer questions openly and honestly should they occur. Accepting your child’s feelings and validating them is beneficial.”
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[Featured image: Theo Ferrara/Freeport Police Department]