Police seek public’s help in Orono hit-and-run

Posted Feb. 04, 2010, at 4:24 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Local and state police are seeking the public’s help in their investigation of the death of a 20-year-old University of Maine student whose body was found early Saturday on Middle Street.

Investigators said earlier this week that they believed Jordyn Elizabeth Bakley of Camden died as the result of a hit-and-run accident.

They now are saying that Bakley likely was struck by a full-size Chevrolet pickup or SUV and are asking for help in identifying the vehicle and the driver behind the wheel that struck Bakley, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Thursday.

McCausland said investigators believe that the vehicle in question is a 2003 to 2007 Chevrolet Silverado or Avalanche and that the truck had front-end damage.

McCausland said authorities hope getting the word out to the public might generate some new tips and clues.

“It could be someone who notices damage on a neighbor’s truck, it could be a repair facility that may have done work on a truck in the last week, or it could be a junkyard that may have sold parts. So there are a number of possibilities,” he said.

Though he did not have the exact numbers on hand late Thursday afternoon, McCausland said there are numerous trucks registered in Maine that match the description of the kind police believe killed Bakley.

“Silverado is Chevy’s most popular model and literally there are thousands” in Maine, he said.

Bakley, a UMaine junior majoring in elementary education and women’s studies, was found dead in the roadway at 5:40 a.m. Saturday in front of 15 Middle St., within a block of her home, by a Bangor Daily News deliveryman.

Her body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta on Saturday, and the autopsy was completed Monday. Though multiple blunt force trauma was cited as the cause of death, the manner of death is pending further investigation.

According to her obituary, Bakley was a 2007 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School, where she was a talented swimmer and active in the Diversity Coalition and Water Monitoring Program. She was an advocate for a number of humanitarian causes and spent one summer volunteering for a program that worked to keep inner-city kids off the streets and another as part of a Habitat for Humanity group that built a home in Mississippi.

She is survived by her parents, J.C. and Louise Bakley of Camden, and two brothers, Samuel Reid and Jack Ryan.

Her funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. today at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Camden.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the Orono Police Department at 866-4451 or visit the department’s Web site at http://www.orono.org/police.

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