SKOWHEGAN, Maine — A 55-year-old man charged with murdering a young woman 31 years ago in a small central Maine town will make his initial court appearance Thursday.
A hearing for Jay Mercier of Industry will be held in Somerset County Superior Court in Skowhegan. He was charged last week in the death of 20-year-old Rita St. Peter, whose battered body was found near the side of a road in Anson on July 5, 1980.
Maine State Police said St. Peter had been drinking in a bar in Madison the night before her body was discovered and last was seen crossing a bridge from Madison to Anson. Police have declined to specify what type of evidence pointed toward Mercier.
Police say it is the oldest murder case in Maine in which an arrest has been made.