Missing Harvard student Nathan Bihlmaier's body was found in the waters of Portland Harbor, not from the bar he was asked to leave prior to going missing on Sunday.
According to a report from CNN, Bihlmaier was married to fellow Nancy Ho, and the two were expecting their first baby. Nancy Ho is about four months pregnant. In an even sadder twist, Nathan was scheduled to graduate from Harvard Business School on Thursday.
The tone was somber on Tuesday afternoon in Portland, Maine, as hopeful students and Nathan Bihlmaier's wife had held out so much hope that the missing Harvard student would be found alive. Instead, a grim announcement was made by Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck.
"It's a tragic end. We had high hopes throughout working with the family and the community to bring Nate home. These weren't the circumstances that we wanted," Sauschuck announced.
Nathan Bihlmaier was asked to leave the Ri Ra Irish Pub on Commercial Street in Portland at about 12:20 AM on Sunday after it was determined he'd had too much to drink. When didn't return to the hotel room he was sharing with friends, they reported him missing.
The dean of Harvard Business School, Nitin Nohria, was saddened by the news of the missing Harvard student's untimely death.
"It's a day that will now be forever tinged with sadness," Nohria said. "We're a tight-knit community preparing for a graduation. Nathan was supposed to be one of 900 receiving a diploma. We were all hoping this would be a day Nathan could celebrate. Instead, we are here trying to grasp this unspeakable tragedy."
This is yet another case of senseless drinking gone wrong. Had Nathan and his friends kept closer tabs on the amount of alcohol each was consuming, perhaps this young husband and father-to-be would be attending his graduation on Thursday.
It's imperative for those out drinking to hold one another to a set of strict standards. Even though Nathan Bihlmaier didn't do what advocates warn against most--drink and drive--he was clearly too inebriated to be walking around Portland's waterfront unassisted.
Probably the saddest part of this tragedy is that it could have been completely avoided. May Nathan Bihlmaier rest in peace and may his widow and unborn child learn to make their way without this vibrant, bright young man in their lives.
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