Cold Case: Rita St. Peter

Rita St. Peter

Man accused of killing woman 31 years ago denied bail

The Associated Press on Jan. 06, 2012, at 10:51 a.m.
SKOWHEGAN | A Maine man arrested last year and charged with killing a woman more than three decades ago has had his bid to remain free while awaiting trial rejected. A justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday upheld a lower court’s decision and ordered 56-year-old Jay …
Jay Mercier is led from Somerset Superior Court in Skowhegan, Maine on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 by Maine state troopers following a hearing. Mercier was charged last week in the death of 20-year-old Rita St. Peter, whose battered body was found near the side of a road in Anson on July 5, 1980.

DNA from cigarette butt led to arrest in 31-year-old murder case

By Alex Barber on Dec. 07, 2011, at 5:12 a.m.
SKOWHEGAN | A discarded cigarette butt led to the arrest of Jay Mercier in a 31-year-old murder case. Mercier, of Industry, was charged with murder on Sept. 28 in the July 5, 1980, death of Rita St. Peter and pleaded not guilty on Oct. 6. On Monday, he was …
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Industry man arrested in 31-year-old Anson homicide

By Alex Barber on Sept. 28, 2011, at 12:23 p.m.
A local man was arrested Wednesday by the Maine State Police and charged with murder in the death of a woman whose body was found 31 years ago in Anson. Jay S. Mercier, 55, was named in a secret indictment earlier this month by the Somerset County …

State seeks ‘cold case’ investigators; unit would try to solve 72 elusive murders

By Renee Ordway on Nov. 18, 2000, at 12 a.m.
BANGOR | Every year on May 26, the smiling face of Alice Ann Hawkes appears on the obituary page of this newspaper. An annual message from her family vows “never to forget.” The 23-year-old brunette who loved holidays and her family bled to death in her Westbrook apartment after …

Cases of unsolved deaths piling up in Maine

By Sharon Kiley Mack on Feb. 10, 1990, at 12 a.m.
Fourteen years ago, Janet Baxter, 30, left her Oakland trailer and drove to JFK Mall in Waterville for some cough syrup. An hour after she made her purchase, teh car she had been driving was discovered 30 miles away, perched on a riverbank in Norridgewock. Its front end was pointing …

Anson murder similar to others

By Bruce Hertz, BDN Staff on July 30, 1980, at 12 a.m.
The murder of Rita St. Peter, the 20-year-old Anson woman whose body was found on Campground Road here July 5, has similarities to several other unsolved murders along the east-west corridor surrounding Route 2. While Deputy Attorney General Pasquale “Pat” Perrino continued to refuse to release the …

Police have suspects but aren’t close to arrests in the St. Peter murder

on July 10, 1980, at 12 a.m.
ANSON | While response to the state police request for information on the murder of 20-year-old Rita St. Peter has been good, authorities report they are no closer to an arrest of the murderer. They also continue to withhold the cause of death. Deputy Attorney General Pasquale Perrino said …

State silent on St. Peter autopsy

By Ginny Cost, BDN Staff on July 08, 1980, at 1:28 p.m.
ANSON | The cause of death of a 20-year-old Anson woman, Rita St. Peter, is being withheld due to the “sensitivity of the investigation,” so stated Pasquale Perrino, deputy attorney general. “It is critical to the investigation that no further information be released at this time. I doubt vry …
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4 die in Somerset over weekend

By Ginny Cost, BDN Staff on July 07, 1980, at 12 a.m.
Four deaths, including one apparent homicide, were recorded in Somerset County over the holiday weekend. The body of Rita St. Peter, 20, of Anson was found Saturday morning on a dirt road off the Campground Road in Anson. According to the attorney general’s office, St. Peter’s body was discovered by …