Maine State Police say skeletal remains found Tuesday afternoon in Lisbon Center may be those of 22- year-old Christiana Fesmire of Lewiston, who has been missing since July 2011.

According to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, the remains were found around 1 p.m. near the intersection of Wagg and Ferry roads on a trail about 200 feet off the road. Lewiston and Lisbon police converged on the scene with Maine State Police to recover the remains.

According to a news release issued by McCausland, the scene was secured Tuesday night. Recovery efforts were to continue this morning.

McCausland said the remains will be transported to the state medical examiner’s office, where work will begin to establish positive identification.

Buddy Robinson, 30, of Lewiston, was convicted of Fesmire’s murder on Nov. 16.

Police believe Robinson drowned Fesmire after she hit her head on the bathtub while the two were arguing in her Highland Avenue apartment July 1, then wrapped her body in a blanket and dumped her in a swamp, accord- ing to court records.

McCausland said information that had been developed in recent days led police to the relatively small area in Lisbon where they began their search. He did not specify the source of that information.

The remains were secured Tuesday night with a police officer at the scene.

McCausland said this morning detectives and evidence recovery teams will gather the skeletal remains today and transport them to the medical examiner’s office where the identification process will begin.

Because two fall seasons have passed since Fesmire is believed to have been drowned in her Lewiston apartment, “there are a lot of leaves to be sifted through to make sure that we gather all the remains that are there,” McCausland said.

“That will take place today, and then it will be up to the (medical examiner) to tell us whether it is Miss Fesmire or not,” he said.

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