October 16, 2018
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Bar Harbor to hold memorial service, candlelight vigil for slain teen

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Flowers left at 2 Cats, a Bar Harbor restaurant owned by Mikaela Conley's family, by friends and area residents.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at the restaurant owned by the family of the woman whose body was found behind a Bar Harbor elementary school earlier this week.

A celebration of the life of 19-year-old Mikaela Conley will be held at 4 p.m. at 2 Cats restaurant and inn on Cottage Street in Bar Harbor.

“Friends, family and the Bar Harbor/Mount Desert Island community are invited,” according to a funeral home notice posted on Friday.

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A candlelight vigil will also be held to honor Conley at 8 p.m. Monday on the Bar Harbor Village Green, 195 Main St., hosted by Matthew Hochman, a Town Council member who also owns a cafe in town.

“Come and join us in lifting Mikaela’s family and our saddened community up with all our love and support,” a meeting notice reads. “You can bring your own candles, or we will have some on site. This event is being organized by community members in remembrance of Mikaela.”

“This event is separate from the family’s celebration of life Saturday night and equally open to all who wish to attend,” it continues.

Conley was reported missing on June 1, state police have said. Searchers found her body the next day in thick woods near Conners-Emerson School.

State police arrested Jalique Keene, 21, of Bar Harbor on Monday, charging him with murder in connection with Conley’s death. He is being held without bail in Hancock County Jail.

Investigators have not released any additional information about Conley’s death.

Family members have declined to comment.

Conley had grown up in 2 Cats, the breakfast eatery owned by her stepfather and family. Friends described the young woman as a vibrant, bubbly teenager who came from a well-loved local family.

Condolences may be expressed on the Jordan Fernald Funeral Home website. Those willing to help the family with expenses associated with her loss are asked to visit a Gofundme page dedicated to that purpose.

As of Friday night, more than $10,000 had been raised.

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