BANGOR, Maine — Police say nothing looks suspicious in the death of a local homeless woman whose body was found early Thursday morning in a wooded area off Hammond Street known as “The Pines.”
Jayne Blackington, 48, was found around 7:20 a.m. Thursday by another homeless person, Sgt. Chip Hodges of the Bangor Police Department said Friday.
“She was apparently found by one of the other people [who hangs out] in The Pines there,” he said. “He waited around” for officers to arrive.
A patrolman and two detectives were dispatched to the area to investigate. The Pines is a strip of wooded area between Interstate 95 and Corporate Drive near Bangor International Airport, where homeless people are known to hang out and camp.
“It doesn’t appear suspicious,” Hodges said.
A doctor with the state medical examiner’s office was scheduled to look at Blackington’s body.
The Bangor Daily News caught up with Blackington and two other homeless people who were drinking orange juice and vodka in The Pines last November.
“You want to know what it’s like to be homeless?” she said. “It really sucks.”
A man drinking with Blackington back in November said, “This place isn’t so bad in the summertime, but now, I’m just trying to stay warm.”
Temperatures on Wednesday night reached into the low 30s, and it was raining during parts of the night.
Blackington was known to stay at the Acadia Recovery Community, known as the ARC.
The ARC, formerly known as Hope House, is a program of Acadia Hospital which provides emergency shelter, treatment and transitional housing for homeless people with drug addictions, Brent Scobie, administrator of substance abuse services at Acadia Hospital and the ARC, has said.
Dennis Marble, director of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter, said Blackington also stayed at the shelter on and off. He said he remembers seeing her at Davenport Park, which is visible from his office window.
“She was known to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter,” he said Friday. “Some people of the shelter knew her and were very saddened by this news.
“It was clear to the people working at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter that this was an intensely strong, good woman, fiercely struggling with a very serious addictive disorder,” Marble said. “We knew she was in a battle.”
Blackington was charged with assault and disorderly conduct for two separate cases last year, but both later were dismissed, according to court reports printed in the Bangor Daily News.