BRIDGEPORT — Police have tentatively identified a body found Thursday in Fairfield as that of missing boater Shigemune Mori.

Mori, 32, had last been seen near Seaside Park in Bridgeport on June 12, before taking a 14-foot raft into the Long Island Sound.

On Thursday, two girls walking along the shore near 981 Fairfield Beach Road spotted the body about 25 feet into the water. They called police, who then recovered the remains.

Officials have yet to definitively confirm that the body is that of Mori, but they said they matched jewelry and other descriptors given by his wife.

“We made a tentative identification based on clothing descriptions and personal item,” said Bridgeport Police Capt. Brian Fitzgerald, who was on the scene Thursday. Fitzgerald heads the marine unit that oversaw recovery of the body.

Police said Mori had been rafting with a friend, who was able to escape and swim to shore after their vessel capsized. The Coast Guard launched a search for Mori, but called it off after combing the area around his reported disappearance.

Mori, whose address could not be determined Thursday, is survived by his wife, Yoshi Mori, as well as two daughters, ages 4 and 7, according to the Facebook page of her employer, the Town of Westport. Yoshi Mori is also expecting a third child in October, according to the Facebook page.

A crowdfunding website has been set up to aid Yoshi Mori in the wake of her husband’s death. Contributions can be made online at and checks can be dropped off at the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave.

A memorial service is scheduled for Shigemune Mori on Saturday, July 2 at 11 a.m. at Lester Gee Funeral Home at 1390 Fairfield Ave., in Bridgeport.