State police investigating Augusta stabbing death as homicide

 Police tape seals the driveway at an apartment complex on Crosby Street in Augusta Thursday where events transpired Wednesday night ending with the stabbing death of a 24-year-old woman.
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Police tape seals the driveway at an apartment complex on Crosby Street in Augusta Thursday where events transpired Wednesday night ending with the stabbing death of a 24-year-old woman.
By Judy Harrison and Mario Moretto, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 14, 2013, at 9:19 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Police said they are investigating events Wednesday night that ended with the stabbing death of a 24-year-old woman in Augusta.

The incident is being investigated as a homicide, according to state police. Jillian Jones was found dead after police and a rescue team were summoned by a 911 call to the Crosby Street apartment she shared with her boyfriend, 38-year-old Justin Pillsbury.

Pillsbury was also found at the scene, suffering from stab wounds that police believe are self-inflicted. He was brought to Maine General Hospital, and as of Thursday afternoon was in stable condition. Police have not yet interviewed Pillsbury, but hope to in the coming days.

In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Detective Sgt. Jason Richards of the Maine State Police major crimes division said the couple were the only people in the apartment when police arrived and there are no suspects at large, but he stopped short of saying Pillsbury was a suspect in Jones’ death.

“We’re pretty confident we know everyone who was involved,” he said. “We’ll be continuing [the investigation] in the days and weeks to come.”

An autopsy performed on Jones’ body Thursday morning by the office of the state medical examiner revealed that she died of stab wounds, Richards said. He would not comment on whether police believe alcohol or drugs were involved in the incident.

Augusta police were called to the apartment at 8:08 p.m. Wednesday when a friend of Pillsbury reported the stabbing, said state police spokesman Steve McCausland.

Jones grew up in Bingham and was studying to be a beautician in Waterville, McCausland said. Pillsbury has lived in Augusta in recent years and is employed as a flagger at road construction sites.

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