Anson murder similar to others

By Bruce Hertz, BDN Staff
Posted July 30, 1980, at 12 a.m.

ANSON, Maine — The murder of Rita St. Peter, the 20-year-old Anson woman whose body was found on Campground Road here July 5, has similarities to several other unsolved murders along the east-west corridor surrounding Route 2.

While Deputy Attorney General Pasquale “Pat” Perrino continued to refuse to release the cause of Miss St. Peter’s death, he said there were some similarities to other unsolved murders. He recalled the death of a 24-year-old school teacher from Philadelphia, Pa., Ellen Choate, whose skeleton was found near the Old County Road in Newport in June 1977. She disappeared in June 1975 while en route to work at the Children’s House Montessori School in Bangor.

The state medical examiner said Miss Choate died of a wound to the head.

Perrino mentioned an unsolved murder in Bar Harbor involving a female that had similarities to the St. Peter slaying, but he did not say what those similarities are. He denied that there was a connection to the Janet Baxter murder in Norridgewock in November 1976. Mrs. Baxter’s body was found in the trunk of her car which was perched on the bank of the Kennebec River on the River Road. No one has been arrested for her murder.

The prosecutor said that more than 100 people have been interviewed in connection with the St. Peter murder. Reports show that she left the Depot Restaurant in Madison at about 12:30 a.m. the evening of July 4. Her body was found on the Campground Road in Anson at 10:30 a.m. the next morning.

The cause of death has not been made public because only the perpetrator, medical examiner and the investigators know it and it is used as a questioning device, Perrino said.

Perrino said the investigation is continuing to center on Maine and the Madison-Anson area.

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