Police have new leads in teen homicide

Posted Aug. 11, 2009, at 3:50 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police are reviewing video surveillance tapes from the Circle K store on Main Street recorded on Saturday that my help to identify who killed an Old Town teen who was found dead along the Penobscot River on Sunday.

The body of Holly Boutilier, 19, was found at a makeshift shack near the river in an area basically across the street from the store, and police say she was the victim of a homicide.

Investigators took tapes covering 24 hours, Circle K manager Anna Bailey said Tuesday morning. The store records those who enter the store and various other points, she said.

A store clerk who was working on Monday night told a Bangor Daily News reporter that a woman believed to be Boutilier entered the store on Saturday night with three men. The clerk said the men “looked crazy” but did not elaborate.

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Bailey said for privacy reasons she could not say whether any of her employees were interviewed by police.

Police are releasing few details about the crime.

Investigating officers deemed the death suspicious on Sunday, and on Monday police could be seen scouring the area around the shack, which is behind the Fireside Inn on Dutton Street and is known to be used by area homeless people as a place to congregate and drink.

Police were gone on Tuesday morning and the shed where Boutilier’s body was found just before noon Sunday looked desolate, hidden in trees between where Dutton Street ends and the Veterans’ Remembrance Bridge.

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. 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. Attempts to reach Reid on Tuesday were unsuccessful, and Detective Sgt. Paul Kenison said just after noon that he was too busy to talk.

“Not right now,” he said as he entered the police department’s elevator to take him upstairs.

Police are asking anyone who saw a young woman wearing a pink bikini top and gray sweat pants to call the Bangor Police Department’s criminal investigation division at 947-7384, or they can leave a message on the department’s tip line, which may be reached at extension 95811.

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