August 1, 2013

Maine man charged with murdering accountant

Richard Bellitieri may have been missing for more than a year before his skeletal remains were found near his home, police say.

By David Hench dhench@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

TRENTON – Maine State Police have a charged a Trenton man with murder in connection with the disappearance a year ago of an accountant who was never reported missing.

Richard Bellitieri, 60, of Trenton may have been missing for more than a year before skeletal remains found near his home at 318 Goose Cove Road were identified through dental records as his, said a state police statement.

Police charged William "Bill Tool" Morse, 43, with murder. He was arrested by agents of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency in Holden. He is being held in Hancock County Jail.

Bellitieri was last seen alive in June 2012. Nobody reported him missing but his disappearance was recently discovered by the Bar Harbor Police Department, the statement said.

The case developed following a traffic stop in Bar Harbor during which Morse was charged with drunken driving, though police would provide no further details prior to Morse's court appearance, scheduled for Friday.

The release didn't shed light on a motive or means for the death.

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