Weapons taken from suspect’s home

Posted Aug. 12, 2009, at 8:34 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:14 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police found weapons when they raided the apartment of the man they arrested on Tuesday in the slaying of a 19-year-old woman from Old Town, but investigators would not say whether they believe the murder weapon was recovered.

Police confirmed on Wednesday that Colin Koehler and homicide victim Holly Boutilier were acquaintances.

Police took Koehler, 34, into custody just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, after members of the Bangor Police Department’s Special Response Team used tear gas to force him from his bottom floor apartment at 92 Columbia St. Koehler had barricaded himself inside.

“Holly and Colin did know each other,” Detective Sgt. Paul Kenison said Wednesday afternoon. “This is not a random act.”

Koehler, who has a MySpace page that states he is a martial arts hobbyist, has posted a video of himself displaying his skills with a sword.

“A number of weapons were seized from the home,” Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson said on Wednesday.

Benson would not say what types of weapons were removed or whether there were any firearms or other evidence related to the murder case.

“I really don’t want to go into that,” he said.

Boutilier was found dead on Sunday in a shack hidden among trees along the Penobscot River between where Dutton Street ends and the Veterans’ Remembrance Bridge. She was last seen alive walking in downtown Bangor on Saturday.

An autopsy performed by the state medical examiner’s office on Monday indicates she was a victim of homicide, but the cause of death has not been released.

Benson said more would be revealed today when Koehler makes his first appearance in Penobscot County Superior Court in Bangor. After his arrest, he was taken to Penobscot County Jail and is scheduled to be in court at 8 a.m.

The affidavit was sealed until court. Benson said he has no problem with it being unsealed, but that decision is up to the judge.

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