ELLSWORTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- State investigators say a New York man not only killed an accountant from Trenton last year but he also assumed the man's identity for a period of months.
That's exactly the claim police are making in their case against 43-year-old William Morse. Morse was arrested on Thursday in Ellsworth and taken to the Hancock County Jail. He will continue to be held without bail for the time being.
State Police say his victim was 60-year-old Richard Bellittieri. He was an accountant who was living in Trenton and had been missing since June of last year. Investigators say they found his body last Sunday near his home on Goose Cove Road.
Court documents released on Friday shed new light on the connection between the two men and evidence in the state's case against Morse. A police affidavit read that Bellittieri was last seen alive by a friend in May of 2012. Investigators can't pinpoint the exact time he was murdered but in looking into his disappearance, they were lead to Morse.
The state argues the defendant had many items belonging to Bellittieri, including his driver's license, social security card and credit cards. They also say Morse registered a car using the victim's name and made phone calls pretending to be him.
The affidavit also read that Morse told investigators he had been working for Bellittieri. He said the accountant was alive and well and gave him his bank card to use as a form of payment.
Morse made his first appearance in Hancock County Superior Court on Friday. He did not have to enter a plea to the charge of murder. A grand jury will be hearing the evidence in the case as early as this month.