McLain exhumation set for Thursday

Posted Aug. 26, 2008, at 5:21 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 7:25 a.m.

EAST MILLINOCKET — The 28-year-old mystery of the homicide of Joyce McLain will be investigated anew Friday when internationally-renowned forensic experts Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Henry Lee examine her body.

An exhumation is scheduled for Thursday, with the body taken to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy on Friday, said Steve McCausland, State Police spokesman.

Baden and Lee will get any aid the state can provide.

“We welcome the renewed ef-fort,” McCausland said Tues-day. “We are looking at this as a renewal of our own investiga-tion and we are as committed to solving this as we were 28 years ago.”

A 16-year-old Schenck High School sophomore, McLain was killed sometime around the night of Aug. 8, 1980. Her body was found two days later in a power line clearing about 200 feet from the school’s soccer fields. Her head and neck had been struck repeatedly with a blunt object.

Several suspects have been investigated, but no arrests have been made and the inves-tigation remains open.

The chief forensic patholo-gist for the New York State Po-lice and host of HBO’s “Autopsy” series, Baden has been a medical examiner for 45 years. He has performed more than 20,000 autopsies and helped with congressional re-investigations in the 1970s of the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Mar-tin Luther King Jr.

One of the world’s top crimi-nologists, Lee is well known for his work on the O.J. Simpson murder case and the rape trial of William Kennedy Smith in 1991.

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