State silent on St. Peter autopsy

Posted July 08, 1980, at 1:28 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2011, at 1:33 p.m.

ANSON, Maine — The cause of death of a 20-year-old Anson woman, Rita St. Peter, is being withheld due to the “sensitivity of the investigation,” so stated Pasquale Perrino, deputy attorney general.

“It is critical to the investigation that no further information be released at this time. I doubt vry much that we’ll have anything more before Tuesday,” he said.

While an autopsy conducted by State Medical Examiner Dr. Henry Ryan has definitely determined the cause of death, Perrino refused to release the information or the nature of the murder weapon.

St. Peter was found Saturday by a man who was exercising his horses on the dirt road where the body was left. There was no obvious attempt to conceal the body and it has been reported that there was a substantial amount of blood on the body.

While perrino did not claim he had any definite suspects, he did state he had “several good leads.” He also refused to comment as to whether any arrests were imminent.

Perrino did say that she was last seen on the bridge between Anson and Madison at approximately 12:30 Friday evening. While the victim was known to have hitchkied in the past, Perrino denied knowledge as to whether she was seen doing so on the evening of her disappearance.

Involved in the investigation are State Police Capt. Reynaud LaMontagne, Sgt. Ronald Veilleux, Dets. Paul Stewart and Arthur Carter, and Trooper Barry Delong. Madison Police Chief Charles Batchelder and officer Marley Dunlap as well as members of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department are also assisting.

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