September 15, 2019
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Joyce McLain murder case to be featured on Discovery Channel

Courtesy of Pam McLain
Courtesy of Pam McLain
An undated photo of Joyce McLain.

People Magazine’s Discovery Channel offshoot will focus next week on one of Maine’s most notorious murders.

A brief article at on Thursday announced that People’s series on Investigation Discovery, People Magazine Investigates, will devote a segment to the murder of East Millinocket resident Joyce McLain. A longer article is in this week’s print version of the magazine.

Although the case was apparently closed with the 45-year prison sentence given in April to Philip Scott Fournier, the segment shows that the 38-year-old case still resonates.

[Joyce McLain’s killer sentenced to 45 years in prison]

A sophomore at Schenck High School, McLain disappeared while jogging in her neighborhood on the night of Aug. 8, 1980. Her battered body was discovered near school grounds two days later.

As part of their investigation, state police interviewed many suspects including Fournier several times before finally arresting him in March 2016. His sentencing in February 2018 followed 9½ days of testimony at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

The segment on People Magazine Investigates feature re-enactments and interviews with the victim’s mother, Pamela McLain, and family friends.

It airs at 10 p.m. Monday. A hearing on Fournier’s appeal of his conviction is scheduled for Wednesday in Portland.

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