A body found in the harbor yesterday is that of Jim Dyer (below), who went missing in Old Port Maine during New Year's eve celebrations with friends.
The 23-year-old vanished from the historic Portland district while he and his group were preparing to leave the Pearl nightclub in the predawn hours of January 1, 2016.
Search-and-rescue teams routinely scoured the waterfront in the weeks following Jim Dyer's sudden and strange disappearing act, but came up empty-handed each time.
Dive teams equipped with sophisticated sonar also repeatedly searched the harbor waters and likewise found nothing.
Portland police have launched a criminal probe too -- a highly unusual development in one of these cold weather disappearances of young males.
No person-of-interest or suspects have been identified in this missing persons case, though, but the police investigation is said to be still in progress.
In the meantime, an autopsy will be performed this weekend in Augusta Maine to determine how James Dyer died and ended up in the water.
Toxicology results are pending as well.