Body of missing Bangor woman found

Posted Sept. 19, 2010, at 9:26 a.m.
Jestina Cain.
Bangor Police Dept.
Jestina Cain.

BANGOR, Maine — The body of a woman missing since Wednesday was found Saturday afternoon in a car on Front Street under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge, according to Bangor police.

The death of Jestina Cain, 33, of Bangor does not appear to be suspicious, but is being investigated by Bangor police detectives and the state medical examiner’s office, according to a news release issued Saturday night by police.

She was found in the black 2008 Ford Escape with which she was reported missing, police said.

The sport utility vehicle was spotted under the bridge near the Sea Dog Restaurant shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday.

The results of an autopsy are not expected to be available until today, Sgt. Paul Edwards, said Sunday morning. The results of Cain’s toxicology report could take several months.

The SUV has been released to its owner, according to Edwards.

On Friday, Bangor police asked for the public’s help in locating Cain. She was described as being approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing 122 pounds and having light brown, shoulder-length hair.

Sgt. Chip Hodges said Friday that there was no indication Cain was abducted, but police wanted to locate her to check on her well-being and to return the SUV to its owner.

Cain was last seen around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Hodges said Friday, and was believed to be driving an SUV that did not belong to her.

According to Maine’s online sex offender registry, Cain was convicted in November 2009 of two counts of sexual abuse of a minor. She was sentenced to jail for jail two years and six months with all but 60 days suspended, according to information provided by the Penobscot Judicial Center and published by the Bangor Daily News. In addition, she was sentenced to two years of probation.

The details of the crime were not available Sunday. Cain was charged with engaging in a sexual act with another person, not the actor’s spouse, who is either 14 or 15 years of age and the actor is at least 10 years older than the other person, a Class C crime, according to information on the sex offender registry.

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