Police yet to make arrest in Bangor man’s killing

Posted Sept. 29, 2010, at 11:10 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — It has been almost one month since a Bangor man died from injuries he suffered during a fight under the Joshua Chamberlain Bridge — which the state medical examiner’s office deemed a homicide — and so far, no arrests have been made, police say.

Ralph “Greenie” Greenleaf, 47, was in the fight just after area bars closed and a few hours after American Folk Festival activities wound down for the night. Around 1:25 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, he was taken unconscious by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. He died three days later, at 11:20 p.m. Sept. 1.

Investigators involved in the Greenleaf homicide are busy in court this week with the Colin Koehler murder trial, Bangor police Sgt. Bob Bishop said Wednesday, adding that no arrests in the Greenleaf case have been made.

After Greenleaf died, the medical examiner’s office conducted an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.

“The medical examiner’s office and the Office of the Attorney General [concluded] that Ralph Greenleaf … died of blunt force head trauma and that the manner of death is homicide,” said a press release issued by Bangor Police Department.

Greenleaf was a longtime employee of Roof Systems of Maine in Bangor, where he worked as a kettle tender, said company Vice President Lee Corro. He had worked for the company since 1992 and lived on Ohio Street.

The fight, which involved Greenleaf and several young people, according to eyewitnesses, was broken up by bouncers at a nearby bar. A member of the band playing at the bar called for an ambulance.

Lt. Tim Reid, who leads the detective division, said earlier this month that “30 to 50 people were in the area” and that “the interview process is ongoing.”

The incident is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Bangor Police Department.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Bangor Police Department at 947-7385. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing extension 6.

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