Theo Ferrara, 14, who went missing in the Maine area on Thursday, September 22, was found dead by officials.
High school freshman Theo Ferrara was last seen walking near his home in Freeport, Maine, on Thursday afternoon.
On Tuesday, officials with the Maine Marine Patrol discovered Theo’s body in the waters of Maquoit Bay – near where he went missing.
“As you are aware, we’ve been searching for Theo Ferrara since last Thursday night. This morning, at 11.15am a pilot from the Maine Marine Patrol discovered a body of a young man in Maquoit Bay,” Freeport PD Chief Nate Goodman said.
“We’ve been informed by the office of the chief medical examiner that the body has been identified as Theo. As you can imagine, this is not the outcome that myself and my colleagues gathered here together had wanted.”
Authorities did not disclose a cause of death or whether the case is being investigated as a homicide – pending a full autopsy report.
Theo’s school, Regional School Unit 5, also confirmed that the body is the missing 14-year-old, saying: It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter to inform you that this afternoon, Theo Ferrara was found deceased.
“Our sincere condolences to Theo’s family and friends. During this time, as the school community processes this news and copes with grief, the school district will offer counseling and bereavement support to all students and staff.”
Maine State Senator Mattie Daughtry tweeted: “Theo Ferrara was found deceased this afternoon. There are not even the right words in moments like these.”
Since his disappearance, dozens of family friends, volunteers, and mothers in the area have tirelessly searched for Theo, hanging thousands of fliers with a picture of the teen around town.
Over a dozen police K-9 units and about 50 officers, using aerial resources, covered a seven-square mile radius that included coastlines and wooded areas off Flying Point Road, where Theo was last seen.
“Theo is one of the most affectionate, fun-loving, wonderful guys. Great sense of humor. He is so respected by his peers,” family friend Leah Gailey told News Center Maine.
“He is so respected by his peers. He was actually voted to be co-captain of his soccer team this fall. An incredible artist, an incredible athlete and an incredibly smart, wonderful child.”