May 24, 2018
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Murder victim’s mom tired of police silence

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

EAST MILLINOCKET — The mother of Joyce McLain will give state police a month to tell her what’s new with her daughter’s 28-year-old homicide investigation or she will push them to seek FBI help, she said Wednesday.

Speaking five months after her daughter’s body was exhumed, Pamela McLain vented frustration at seeing no investigative progress despite fresh evidence unearthed by forensic experts Dr. Michael Baden and Dr. Henry Lee on Aug. 29. They were paid with $20,000 she and a citizen’s group helped raise.

“After six months, I am going to start being loud again,” McLain said Wednesday.

“I was OK for awhile and I tried to get some answers for the public, but now I need answers for me, because I am starting to get the same feelings I had 28 years ago,” McLain said. “How long do I wait this time? I don’t have 28 years to wait.

“If they [state police] don’t have anything, perhaps they should ask someone else to help them out. There is always the FBI … ,” she added. “I want to know if the state police are capable of solving unsolved murders. If they need help and can’t do it, then I think they should ask for more help.”

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said state police sought help several years ago from FBI profilers. He said he would speak Thursday with detectives about the investigation’s status.

“The case is open and active and we continue to work on it,” McCausland said. “We have tried to keep her [McLain] in the loop as best we can.”

A 16-year-old Schenck High School sophomore, Joyce McLain was killed sometime around the night of Aug. 8, 1980 apparently while jogging. Her body was found two days later in a power line clearing near the school’s soccer fields. Her head and neck had been hit with a blunt object.

Several suspects have been investigated, but no arrests have been made.

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