Police release name of homeless woman whose remains were found in Portland

Posted Aug. 13, 2012, at 12:16 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 14, 2012, at 9:50 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Police and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner have confirmed the identity of the homeless woman whose remains were found last week as Toina Hanson.

The remains of Hanson, 31, were discovered by a man picking blueberries off of Hutchins Drive last week.

Portland police Lt. Scott Pelletier said in a statement Hanson’s identity was confirmed by items found at the scene along with a review of her medical records. Police have yet to determine a cause of death.

Police are looking to speak with anyone who has had contact with Hanson in the last year. Anyone with information is asked to contact Portland police at 874-8533.


An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of the woman whose remains were found. Her name is Toina Hanson, not Tonia.