Authorities identify body found in Orrington

Twenty-eight-year-old Loren Wadas-Kelly was a student at the University of Maine
Published: Apr. 5, 2022 at 9:25 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 6, 2022 at 11:19 AM EDT
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ORRINGTON, Maine (WABI) - The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office has identified the body found on an Orrington riverbank after an apparent boating accident.

Officials say 28-year-old Loren Wadas-Kelly of Bucksport was found deceased near the public boat launch.

Investigators say they determined Wadas-Kelly was with her husband, 28-year-old Levi Kelly of Bucksport, at the time of the accident.

He has not been located.

Officials later recovered a canoe that appears to be related to the accident.

Air, ground, and water search efforts are continuing at this time.

The University of Maine says Wadas-Kelly transferred to the school this semester. They released this statement to the UMaine community Wednesday morning:

“The University of Maine community extends condolences to the family and friends of Loren Mariah Wadas-Kelly, a senior from Bucksport who was majoring in marine sciences who transferred to UMaine this semester. Mariah passed away Sunday in a boating accident on the Penobscot River near Orrington. She was 28.

“This tragic accident reminds us how precious life is, says Robert Dana, vice president for student life and inclusive excellence, and dean of students. We mourn the loss of a talented member of our university community whose life ended much too soon, and hope that all will hold Mariah and her husband Levi in their thoughts and prayers.”

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