BAR HARBOR (AP) – A body that people on a whale-watching boat spotted on an island off Winter Harbor was identified as that of a Bar Harbor house painter who disappeared a month ago, authorities said.

Chris Conley, 30, was reported missing April 28 by his uncle, who last saw him at 5 a.m. heading toward a road that leads into Acadia National Park. Conley lived with his uncle in the Hulls Cove village.

The dead man found Sunday on Jordan Island was identified through dental records as Conley, a spokeswoman for the state Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday.

The death is not considered suspicious, police said, and the investigation is continuing. An autopsy was planned.

Conley reportedly attended a party the evening before he vanished, police said. A three-day search with about 100 volunteers and 15 search-dogs turned up nothing.

Chris Daley of Norton, Mass., a stepbrother to Conley, said the family received the news Wednesday evening.

Daley disputed earlier reports that Conley often disappeared for days at a time and was sometimes despondent.

“He was a house painter who often times traveled outside his immediate area to find work. That’s typically why he would go away,” Daley said.

A wake for Conley will be held this week in his hometown of Brockton, Mass. The funeral will be in Boston.

AP-ES-05-30-03 0215EDT


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