Police search Eastport woods for clues to whereabouts of woman missing for 10 years

Two Maine State Police troopers look for clues Thursday at a residential property off Clark Street in Eastport while trying to find out what may have become of Marilyn Lehan.
Bill Trotter | BDN
Two Maine State Police troopers look for clues Thursday at a residential property off Clark Street in Eastport while trying to find out what may have become of Marilyn Lehan.
Posted May 22, 2014, at 4:15 p.m.
Last modified May 22, 2014, at 5:11 p.m.
Marilyn Lehan, shown in the 1990s, has been missing from the Eastport area for a decade.
Maine Department of Public Safety
Marilyn Lehan, shown in the 1990s, has been missing from the Eastport area for a decade.

EASTPORT, Maine — Characterizing it as a missing person case, troopers with search dogs came up empty Thursday as they scoured the woods along the shore for clues to the whereabouts of a woman whose family has not heard from her since 2004.

Marilyn Lehan, who would be 59 years old, lived for two years with her husband in Eastport in a home off Clark Street overlooking Harris Cove. Concerned relatives contacted Eastport police and officially reported her missing last summer, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

Police searched the property for about eight hours Thursday but found no sign of Lehan, McCausland said in a statement released at about 5 p.m. Detectives indicated they have no plans to return to the property, but additional searches at other locations are likely as new information comes in, McCausland added.

Sgt. Darrin Crane of Maine State Police said Thursday morning that Lehan’s husband, Bruce King, has spoken with police in the greater San Francisco area, where he lives, about his wife’s disappearance and has been cooperative. Crane declined to comment on what King has told police.

Hazel Smith, a woman who lives in the house formerly owned by Lehan and King, said Thursday that she knew nothing about the case. According to Crane, there has been a series of new owners since Lehan vanished. The house and surrounding 9-acre parcel of land was foreclosed upon not long after relatives last heard from Lehan, police have said.

“I just hope they find her, and she gets a proper burial in peace,” Smith said, assuming that Lehan might not turn up alive.

Smith, 89, has lived in the house for four years. She said she moved to Eastport from Massachusetts and did not know Lehan or King.

Two other neighbors, one of whom said she has only owned her property for a few years, declined to comment on Lehan’s disappearance.

Lehan is 5 feet 9 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes, police have said. Relatives have told officials it was not uncommon for Lehan to let long periods of time elapse between family contacts.

Lehan was an active member of the local Catholic church while she lived in Eastport, according to police.

Anyone with information about where she might be or anyone who may have had contact with her before her disappearance is asked to call Detective Micah Perkins at 800-432-7381 or the Eastport Police Department.

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