Police Department Asks for Help in Locating Missing Harvard Student Last Seen Sunday AM on Waterfront


Posters for Missing Harvard Student, Nate Bihlmaier, Posted in Old Port

By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,140)

“We are asking for the public’s support and assistance in locating Nate Bihlmaier,” said Police Chief Michael Sauschuck this afternoon at an impromptu press conference at Buoy Park on the waterfront. Bihlmaier, a student at Harvard Business School, was celebrating his graduation scheduled for this Thursday. He and two friends were in Portland over the weekend.

Portland Police Department divers had completed another round of dives into Casco Bay next to RiRa Pub where they failed to find any signs of Bihlmaier when the press conference was called. Yesterday afternoon divers found an article of his clothing, but would not say what it was.

Bihlmaier, 31, was at the RiRa Pub Saturday night when he was asked to leave because he was intoxicated according to Chief Sauschuck; that was about 12:20 Sunday morning. He had several phone calls with his friends while they tried to determine where he was located; he was disoriented and told them he was in “front of a building.” When he did not return to the hotel, his two friends called the police Sunday morning.

His pregnant wife, Nancy, arrived in Portland today and was assisiting in the search. His parents who live in Kansas are flying into Portland today. Brian C. Kenny, communications officer for Harvard Business School arrived in Portland this afternoon and said the entire college community is very concerned about his disappearance. Many of his friends had arrived today to assist in the search.

Around 4 pm this afternoon diver Randy Richardson resumed the search between Gilbert House and the Dry Dock on the waterfront; a search that will probably last until early evening.