Lead detective in Nichole Cable murder case honored by Penobscot County peers

Posted Sept. 12, 2013, at 3:29 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — When 15-year-old Nichole Cable of Glenburn didn’t return from the end of her driveway on Mother’s Day, after telling her mom she was getting some cigarettes from a friend, Detective Rick Canarr of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office went to work.

“He worked tirelessly along with other investigators around the clock until the matter was brought to its final conclusion,” Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross said of the department’s lead investigator for the case, which changed from a missing person case to a homicide.

Canarr’s co-workers at the sheriff’s office recently voted him Employee of the Year.

Deputy Sheriff Patricia McLaughlin was named Deputy Sheriff of the Year, Daniel Day was named the Corrections Officer of the Year, and Deborah Sargent was recognized as Part-Time Employee of the Year. All were honored at an employee barbecue held in August.

Canarr started with the sheriff’s office in August 1994 and is the investigator in charge of all crimes against the person, which includes sexual assaults and child abuse investigations, Ross said.

“These are the most difficult cases to work and Detective Canarr does so in a caring and professional manner,” the sheriff said. “He also plays a vital role in the departments’ responsibility of sex offender registrations.”

Deputy Chief Troy Morton said “it takes a special person to do those particular kinds of investigations,” and added that Canarr is “an absolute professional.”

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