Weeks-old body found in Portland identified as Rhode Island native

Posted Oct. 06, 2011, at 2:12 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 06, 2011, at 2:30 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police and the state medical examiner’s office have identified the woman found dead near St. John Street on Sept. 21 as Vicki Jacobs, a recent transplant from Warwick, R.I.

However, the cause of her death remains unclear, Portland Police Lt. Gary Rogers told the Bangor Daily News on Thursday.

“At this point, it’s still pending toxicology results,” said Rogers, who has noted the death is not considered by police to be suspicious.

Jacobs, 37, had moved to Maine’s largest city a few months ago and had been staying at the Florence House homeless shelter for women, Rogers said.

Two passers-by found the adult body by the train tracks behind the 500 block of St. John Street around 1:45 on the morning of Sept. 21. They notified police, who secured the scene.

Police said at the time it appeared the body had been there for several weeks.

Portland investigators found clues on the scene that gave them a lead as to who the woman was, Rogers said Thursday, and the medical examiner’s office was able to confirm the identification through medical and dental matches.

“There was some mail that helped us in identifying her,” he said. “We had a name and a place to start, and we were able to track this information down.”

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