UPDATE: Body pulled from the Presumpscot River identified
WESTBROOK (WGME) -- Authorities are investigating a drowning in Westbrook Thursday morning.
Police say 35-year-old Christopher Jehlicka of Westbrook went into the Presumpscot River at around 9 in the morning above lower Saccarappa Falls. Four hours later, his body was recovered below the dam.
Westbrook police officers, firefighters, and several witnesses spotted Jehlicka's body above the dam and falls on the Presumpscot River.
Witness Jim Peterson says "I saw a man pass by me probably ten feet from me, 15 feet from me, face up. He was under about six inches of water."
Peterson thought about going in after him, but he can't swim. He says firefighters also tried, but as they got closer, Jehlicka's body went over the falls.
Witness Brian Rouse says "Once he came underneath the bridge, you could visibly see him in the sunlight in the shallow water."
Jehlicka's body submerged in the strong current below the dam once it went over the falls.
Police, firefighters, EMTs and even citizens searched for his body from shore. Authorities also searched from the air, in boats, and in the shallow water along the shore of the river.
Paige Fogg of Westbrook says "I don't know if he took his own life or what he was doing. But it's scary for everybody." Four hours later, it was a dive team who found the body in 30 feet of water, about 100 yards downstream from the falls.
Heather McVane of Westbrook says "You don't want to see this. It's a horrible thing, you know, fishing a body out of the river."
And Susan Bernier of Westbrook says "I just think it's sad that it has to come to that for some people, you know."
Friends of Jehlicka say he had lots of friends in Portland and Westbrook, and lots of problems.
One friend, who wished to remain anonymous, says "He had problems with alcohol and drugs. Everybody has their issues. I imagine that's what happened."
She went onto say "I'd seen him around for the last couple of weeks and he just wasn't doing to well. I just never thought he'd do this. He has too many people in his life and so many friends."
Other friends of the victim tell us he was distraught over a break-up.
There are unconfirmed reports police found a woman in tears where Jehlicka went into the river, but police wouldn't comment further on its investigation.
While there is a great deal of speculation this was a suicide, for now, police aren't saying if this was an accident or a suicide by drowning.