Cold cases in Maine
A bill that passed the Maine Legislature last year established a cold case unit in the state Attorney General's office with officials dedicated to investigating unsolved homicide cases, but did not fund it. Families of victims and some law enforcement agencies are now lobbying for funding for the unit. Maine has over 120 such cold cases dating back to 1953. Databases maintained by the Maine State Police and police departments in Portland and Bangor, which have their own homicide units, include about 80 of those, although they exclude some missing persons cases and unattended death cases that have not been declared homicides. Below is information on some of the cases in those agencies' files.