Man taken into custody in Old Town woman’s homicide

Posted Aug. 11, 2009, at 7:02 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine – A Columbia Street resident was taken into custody Tuesday evening in connection with the slaying Holly Boutilier, a teenager found dead on Sunday in a shack near the Bangor waterfront.

“He’s being questioned right now,” Bangor Police Lt. Tim Reid said during a 6 p.m. press conference at the station. “At this point, nobody has been arrested.”

Police did not identify the man taken into custody.

Bangor police, assisted by more than a dozen SWAT team members, snipers and others, urgently surrounded a downtown building just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses said officers set up a perimeter of the building between Main Street and Columbia Street — a mix of businesses and apartments — and began evacuating people a few at a time. At one point, officers broke windows and threw smoke grenades inside.

Just before 6 p.m., police emerged escorting a young man, handcuffed. He was tall, with a shaved head, witnesses said, and he wore a white T-shirt and khaki pants with no shoes or socks.

Police confirmed the man was wanted for questioning in the death of Boutilier, who was found dead over the weekend in a shack that is hidden in trees along the Penobscot River between where Dutton Street ends and the Veterans’ Remembrance Bridge.

An autopsy performed by the Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday indicates she is a victim of homicide.

Test strips believed to be used by police to test for blood could be seen in the mouth of the small 8-by-10-foot green shack Tuesday afternoon. Other police evidence markers and blue rubber gloves were discarded inside the shed lying beside dirty blankets and clothing, old magazines, books and other items.

Boutilier was last seen walking in downtown Bangor and along the waterfront around noon on Saturday, Bangor police Lt. Tim Reid, who leads the department’s investigative division, said Monday.

For the latest developments in the case, see tomorrow’s Bangor Daily News or visit bangordailynews.com.

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