Saturday, March 8, 2014
A bill coming before lawmakers Thursday would create a cold case unit in the state Attorney General’s office with officials dedicated to investigating unsolved homicide cases. According to Deputy Attorney General William Stokes, the state's chief homicide prosecutor, Maine has 120 such "cold cases" dating back to 1953 and more further back. 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 since they exclude some missing persons cases and unattended death cases that have not been declared homicides. Below is information on each of the cases in those agencies’ files. Some descriptions of the victims, such as ages, were not included in the databases.