24 May 1871
About half last 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Capt. J A Nickerson of Orrington, discovered the body of man floating down with the current in the river nearly opposite the Maine Central Depot. He procured assistance and putting off in a boat, towed the corpse in to the wharf. The police were informed and Coroner Wilson, called and at once empannelled and decided to hold an inquest. From the testimony (illegible) it appeared that the man's name was John Tumblety, that he was an Irishman and for some time past has boarded at a house near the Ferryway. He was missed some four weeks ago, but as he was somewhat eccentric in his habits, not much notice was taken of his disappearance, his friends thinking that he might have left town. He was about 45 years of age, a widower and leaves a daughter 11 years old who is living with some relatives in New York. Tumblety was addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors, and it is supposed he may have fallen off one of the wharves while under their influence. The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning.