July 09, 2020

Body identified as missing teen

TOPSHAM — A body pulled from the Androscoggin River was identified through dental records Tuesday as that of a 17-year-old Woolwich youth who had been missing for more than three weeks.

An autopsy also found that William Wright’s death was caused by drowning, according to the state Medical Examiner’s Office.

Duck hunters in a canoe discovered Wright’s body Monday in an area where authorities had been searching for the Morse High School student, according to Detective Sonny Williams of the Topsham Police Department.

Although the black shirt and sweatpants matched those worn by Wright when he was last seen Oct. 13, officials awaited the autopsy results before confirming the identification.

Williams said Tuesday the circumstances of the drowning would likely never be known, but there was nothing to indicate it was anything other than accidental.

The autopsy was performed by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Kristin Sweeney at Kennebec Valley Medical Center in Augusta.

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