May 23, 2018
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Manhunt for St. Francis shooting suspect continues with ‘strong police presence’

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

ST. FRANCIS, Maine — The manhunt continued Sunday morning for Jesse Marquis, wanted by police in connection with the Saturday morning shooting death of his longtime girlfriend 31-year-old Amy Theriault.

Dozens of law enforcement personnel from multiple agencies have been in the St. Francis area searching for Marquis since witnesses reported seeing him flee Theriault’s house just before 6 a.m. Saturday.

Marquis is considered armed and dangerous.

The Aroostook County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call at 5:45 a.m. Saturday about a domestic violence incident at 754 Main St., Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police, said over the weekend, and witnesses in the home reportedly said they saw 38-year-old Marquis leave the residence and enter the woods behind the house with a rifle.

Maine State Police, the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection are still searching for Marquis, McCausland said Sunday morning. He added that Marquis was last seen entering the woods on the south side of Route 161.

Marquis is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds with black hair and blue eyes. He was wearing blue jeans, a green hooded sweatshirt and Cabela’s ball cap, according to McCausland.

The public is cautioned to not approach Marquis if seeing him, but rather to call the police.

“There have been no sightings of him, [and] there was a presence of [law enforcement agencies] in St. Francis throughout the night,” McCausland said Sunday. “We remain there today and have searched a number of [areas in the] woods and camps and cabins in the area.”

No one has come forward to report any contact or sightings of Marquis, McCausland said, adding there is no way to know if he has left or is still in the area.

“We won’t know until we find him,” McCausland said.

Law enforcement personnel searched the heavily wooded area around St. Francis and had searched the St. Francis Elementary School on Saturday.

Officials at the border crossing in Fort Kent also were on high alert. St. Francis is on the St. John River which serves as the border with New Brunswick.

While some state troopers were pulled from the search Saturday to respond to a standoff situation in Ellsworth, McCausland on Sunday said “a considerable” police presence remains in the small town 15 miles west of Fort Kent on the St. John River.

About two miles of US Route 161 was closed to all traffic for much of Saturday as police searched for Marquis. The only road in and out of the western end of the St. John Valley, it did reopen late Saturday.

On Sunday morning residents reported seeing a state police crime lab vehicle and several other police cars in St. Francis.

If you have any information or see someone matching the description of the suspect, call the state police in Houlton at 532-5400 or the Aroostook County Crime Stoppers at 800-638-8477.

The Aroostook Mental Health Agency is preparing a team to help first responders, friends, family and anyone else affected by the shooting deal with the aftermath. They may be reached 888-568-1112.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.

Watch for updates.


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