Petition seeks to put FBI in charge of East Millinocket cold case

11:15 PM, May 17, 2012   |    comments
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MEDWAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Hundreds of people are now showing their support for an East Millinocket woman who has been waiting 32 years for closure in the death of her daughter. They have signed an online petition to send the case to the FBI.

Somebody brutally attacked and killed Joyce McLain in 1980 as she was jogging near Schenck High School. Investigators with the Maine State Police have been looking into the case for years but decades later no one has been charged with Joyce's murder. The online petition calls on the FBI to take over the case by taking all records of it from the Maine Attorney General's office.

So far more than 1,700 people have signed the peition. Pam McLain, who is Joyce's mother, says she hopes a new direction for the case might bring justice for her daughter.

"I don't want to play any blame games," she said, "I'm just simply asking for the F.B.I. To take what the state police has collected in 32 their work on it...go to people, question again and see the outcome. State police has nothing to lose. Joyce's case has everything to lose."

Public safety spokesman Steve McCausland says the McLain investigation is still open. He says while the F.B.I. has helped with the case in the past, the bureau cannot take it over because no federal laws were broken.

A spokesperson for the F.B.I. agreed and said despite the petition, the case can only be directed by state investigators.


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