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Comments for: Internet petition calls for FBI to handle 32-year-old Joyce McLain murder case

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  • wishyouknew2

    The state wouldn’t exhume Joyce because they were convinced there wouldn’t be any evidence, a group raised the money and paid for the autopsy, evidence was found. What is the state police afraid of? Let the FBI look at the case with fresh eyes and the technology that they have.

    • Anonymous

       I agree!!!

    • Anonymous

      The FBI doesn’t have jurisdiction.

      • wishyouknew2

        The state can ask them to look into it.

        • Anonymous

           And, the feds can look into it only if there seems to be any violation of FEDERAL law … it’s in the article.  There are some things for which there will never be answers, this may well be one of them.  After all this time, isn’t it time to just “let go”?

          • wishyouknew2

             WOW! Let it go? A child was MURDERED! The murderer is probably walking among us living their life. This family deserves answers and justice needs to be served.

          • Nick Tolman

            Once again, the Feds don’t have jurisdiction. 

          • Anonymous

             Call it a hate crime. That should be enough.

          • Anonymous

            The feds can assist with the investigation.  They do it all the time.

          • Anonymous

            If this was my child, it would NEVER be time to just “let got”! Could you imagine what her mother feels? Going to the grocery store and wondering if she is walking by the person who took her daughter from her. As a mother I know that is what I would be thinking and I would do just as she has done in finding justice! Keep up the fight!

          • Anonymous

            I can’t believe anyone would say “let it go”.  I hope you never lose a loved one and the murderer goes free.  How insensitive can some people be?

          • Anonymous

            This was her baby, something a mother can never let go of. They are part of us, I would fight to my death, to find out who killed my baby. Pam’s doing just that, this may kill her, but she will have given all she has, to bad all mom aren’t like this.

          • …and let someone get away with murder????????

          • “Let go”??? Are you even kidding
            me! Some people are so ignorant. To whomever thinks this should be “let
            go” do you have any children? My guess is no or else you would be doing
            exactly as Pam is right now fighting for her child. It’s a mother’s instinct that
            never goes away. If you had a loved one that was brutally murdered I have a
            hard time believing any human would ever be able to just “let go”!
            Some people just absolutely disgust me! 

          • Anonymous

             Who the heck said “let it go”?

          • Anonymous

            If this were your child who had been murdered, would you say, oh it’s time to let go. How can you be so ignorant as to make such a comment to this family? The person who did this crime, if still alive and I believe still is, needs to pay for this crime, so no, it is not time to let go…

      • Anonymous

        Pressure from hometown congressman Mike Michaud might change that !

    • ptkitty

      I seem to remember that JAMES HICKS of Carmel & Newport Maine was once a suspect in Joyce McLain’s murder. 

      If there is new evidence from an autopsy, maybe Mr. Hicks can be specifically tied to this murder.  Want to see Hicks held fully accountable for ALL his actions.

      http://lubbockonline.com/stories/092900/loc_hicks.shtml

      • Anonymous

        This is not in defense of Jim but it’s not his m.o. to leave a lady laying around. I apologise for the bad visual.
         

      • Amazing how people throw accusations around on these comment boards. Your own story link does not say he was a suspect in this murder.

    • The   only  thing  that  i  can  see  is   there  is  mabey  some    thing  that  the  state  ploice  know  and  they  are  not  going   release  any  thing  when  this  first  came  out  they  said  thtat  a policemen  had  some  thing  to  do  with  it  and  that  is  when  everyone  in  andon  the the police  forse  quit  talking  now  why  was  that  may  i  ask   and  beleive  me  i  heard  this

  • Anonymous

    “The office did not comply with the request.”

    This statement may give some readers the impression that the U.S. Attorney’s Office was somehow required to take the case.

    In any event, online petitions are absolutely meaningless. And, absent evidence that the murder involved a federal crime, there is no reason for the FBI to get involved. This is real life, not a television drama in which the FBI meddles in everything.

    • Know Nothing

      blah blah blah

  • Anonymous

    Pamela has done everything within her power to find out who is responsible for Joyce’s death.  Someone with access to more resources needs to step in and help this woman bring her daughter’s murderer to justice.

    • Anonymous

      I have done genealogy for years and if I might suggest people doing research at the town office and library. Look for such things that don’t make sense, like selling a 200k house for 50k someone who may have made big changes in their personality good or bad. A person and/or family that just packed up and left and almost no one has heard from them since. 
      Deeds. permits, clubs all hold good info,
      I wish the best of luck at solving this.

  • If I remember correctly previous articles stated stuff was found during the re-autopsy. Was it ever classified as evidence and if so what was found?

    • I believe the word used was evidence, but it was described very vaguely, and the problem with all such evidence, of course, is that it has either to be matched with a suspect or otherwise plugged into a narrative that shows guilt beyond a reasonable doubt — like one  piece 
      to a puzzle among many.

    • Anonymous

       I believe it was cards and notes that were left in the coffin at the time of her burial.

  • wingnut

    you say they have no juristiction but with no disrespect, in the ayla reynolds case the fbi got involved within a week or so i understand. where is their juristiction there. whati say is this if the fbi has no juristiction then the information should be released to a private investigator hired by Justice for Joyce. the state has no right to hold onto an obvious cold case forever. this is a no brainer, after 30 years the state police and AG’s office needs to swallow their egotistical prides and let this case go.

    • Anonymous

      I believe and maybe wrong, but It may be as teh Ayla Reynolds case was deemed a possible abduction. Either way I agree that the FBI should have been in the middle of this from the start. Maine is not like the big cities, we don’t have the resouces to handle some of these cases!

      • wingnut

        it is my understanding kidnapping is only fbi concern if proven the child has been taken across state line

  • Anonymous

    Such a sad story. My heart goes out to her family. The article isn’t very clear as to whether the FBI would be willing to work the case, but if so, it would be good to bring in as much talent and experience as possible. 

  • Anonymous

    WHAT’S WRONG with these people wanting to keep the FBI out of an unsolved murder case?

    The state police and AG have had 32 YEARS to work on it!

    Any legitimate law enforcement agency would welcome the FBI’s assistance UNLESS they’re afraid of what the GFeds will find.

    Spare us your crummy excuses and apologies for the state police and AG! 

  • Anonymous

    You’d think they would’ve tried to find links to similar crimes somewhere else or a DNA connection to another crime. I didn’t read anything about that in the article.

  • Anonymous

    How about we focus on current problems, like the missing baby in Waterville and leave these cold cases on the back burner.

    • Jeff Cram

       Great idea.  And then when years go by with no conviction, we should let Ayla’s case go to the “back burner” as well.  That way, we can let murderers and kidnappers go on doing what they do, because it’s inconvenient to keep hunting them.  I mean, out of sight, out of mind, right? 

      As long as a killer gets away long enough, then we should just say, “Whelp, good job man.  You win.”

      Luckily, for those of us in the real world, there’s no statute of limitations on murder.

      • Anonymous

        This case has been stuck for 32 years, which means that two generations of detectives, who would have loved to have nailed this down, couldn’t do it.  Pulling the FBI in won’t change much, because the FBI doesn’t have any magic and because it is more oriented to tracking terrorists these days than working on cold police cases.

        • Anonymous

          No your the waste.

        • Jeff Cram

           No, I don’t have a statute of limitations on expenditures.  Look, we live as part of a community, (even if folks forget that), and that means the pursuit of justice is NEVER a waste.  Otherwise, what’s the point of it all?

          But, no, it’s cool.  Keep hiding behind your keyboard and presume to tell others the ‘hard truths’ that only you can enlighten us with.  I’m sure you have scads more experience with life’s hardships, more grit and determination than any parent that’s lost a child. 

          That’s why I’m sure so many folks respect your opinion, otherwise, you wouldn’t have to get on the internet and comment on news that has no bearing on your life.

          Oh, wait…

  • Anonymous

    FBI can step in at anytime if the state does not have the resorces. 90% of all the cases involving DNA goes to a FBI lab because most states can not run the DNA threw interpol maine being one of them. The FBI can also step in if there are suspects that have ever stepped over a state line at anypoint in there life because the could have commeted a crime in a different state.

    For the people saying let it go or keep it on the back burner i hope you people dont have kids because the day you stop fighting for your kids is the day you are not a good parent.

  • Its a shame that this world consists of a person saying “let it go” in a murder case!   Unbelievable! 

  • Anonymous

    After 32 years, Pam cannot ask a private detective,sheriff’s dept. or the FBI to help on this case. There has been DNA found after exhumation. There is a fight for her for everything. Even turning over the autopsy report to Dr. Michael Baden was a no. Pam had to hire a lawyer for that. The control that the State Police have on unsolved murders in Maine should not go on forever, there should be a timeline so that families of these murder victims can get help from other sources!

  • I will not comment on this circus page :( Sad but true

  • Hi to you all ~~ Thanks for so much support ~~ We the family sooo appreciate it. To the rest  ~~ Who cares? I don’t !!!! Even with my supporting Joyce Marie McLain,  My murdered daughter, I have a life, Which I assume some do not? Or you wouldn’t be sitting on your a-s, and hurting all people with your nasty uncaring comments on a daily basis in the BDN, For that I feel extremely sad for you.  I’m proud to sign my name, And may God give you a little slap beside the head from Joyce, LOL. Now ,I’ll end this w/ smile you may not have many friends, But God loves you anyway, No matter how rude and crude/ mean you are.

  • I know I said I wouldn’t comment, But I just had to, Being the mom to Joyce Marie  Plus to say thanks to the  people that truely care. To the others, I just don’t care, It will take more then bitter words to hurt this old gal.

  • I   realy   think  that  this   has   gone   on  way  to  long  i  beleive  that   if  the  state  cant  solve  this  case  it  should  be  turned  over   to the   F B I  this  Mother  and  her  family   have  hurt   long  enough  dosent  people  have  a  heart  any  more    i  just   wounder  if  it  were  thier  daughter  would  it  have  gone  on  this  long  i  dont  think  so  so  the  state  of  maine  make  us  proud  of  the  state  we  live  in  do  something  about  this  now 

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