Major Crimes

Old Town Woman charged in daughter’s death

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS, PIO


On Sunday, June 6, 2021, Maine State Police arrested 28-year-old Hillary Goding of Old Town. Goding is charged with manslaughter in the death of her 3-year-old daughter.  

On Friday, June 4, 2021, Old Town Fire and Rescue responded to 149 Center Street at approximately 10:48 pm after Goding called 911 to report that her daughter was unresponsive and not breathing.
The child was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center where she was pronounced dead on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

An autopsy was performed Sunday by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Information regarding the autopsy is not being released at this time.
 
Hillary Goding was arrested in Lincoln Sunday and taken to the Penobscot County Jail.  

Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Old Town Police Department are investigating.

Brewer man charged in infant son’s death

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO


On Thursday, June 3, 2021, Maine State Police arrested 36-year-old Ronald Harding of Brewer. Harding is charged with manslaughter in the death of his 6-week-old infant son. 

On Monday, May 31, 2021, Harding called 911 to report that his son was unresponsive and not breathing.
The child was transported to Eastern Maine Medical Center in critical condition. He was pronounced dead on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

An autopsy performed by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner revealed that the infant died from inflicted injuries.

Ronald Harding was arrested at the Brewer Police Department and taken to the Penobscot County Jail.  

New Vineyard Death Update

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

This is an update of the New Vineyard Death investigation.

On Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 at approximately 10:49am the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male individual reporting his vehicle submerged in a pond and requesting medical assistance for he and his wife.  Upon their arrival, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the male individual and found the female lying on the shore of the pond and she was determined to be deceased by first responders.  The male was transported to the Franklin Memorial Hospital and later released.  The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department called the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit – South to assist with the investigation.  The female victim was identified as 43 year old Collette Daggett and the male was identified as 42 year old Wilfred Daggett.  The two were married and lived together in New Vineyard.  

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner began a post-mortem examination on Collette Daggett on Wednesday.  The details from the post mortem exam are not being released at this time.

Detectives from the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit – South continue to interview witnesses and family regarding the circumstances leading up to the incident.  
 

New Vineyard Death

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO


On Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 at approximately 10:49am the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male individual reporting his vehicle submerged in a pond and requesting medical assistance for he and his wife.  Upon their arrival, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office made contact with the male individual and found the female lying on the shore of the pond and she was determined to be deceased by first responders.  The male was transported to the Franklin Memorial Hospital.  The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department called the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit – South to assist with the investigation.  

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit - South remain on-scene at this hour collaborating and are expected to continue the investigation into the coming days.  Crime scene technicians and analysts from the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team and Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit are processing the scene at this time.  The Maine State Police Dive Team and Troopers from Troop C are also assisting with the investigation.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner is expected to conduct a post-mortem examination on the deceased individual in the coming days.  
 

Human remains discovered in Caribou identified as Kurtis Madore

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

The human skeletal remains found Sunday, May 23,2021 off Rt. 161 in Caribou have been positively identified as Kurtis Madore. The identification was made through dental records.  A complete exam has been done by the Office of Chief Medical Examiner but due to the condition of the remains, a cause of death has not been determined.  There is no evidence of foul play.  Madore, who was 31 years old, has been missing since June 2, 2019. 
 

Human remains discovered in Caribou

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

On Sunday, May 23, 2021, human skeletal remains were discovered in a small wooded area off Rt. 161 in Caribou. A local man was walking in the woods when he found the remains. A team of Maine State Police members from Major Crimes unit, Evidence Response Team, K9 Cadaver dogs along with the Maine Warden Service, Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME), and Caribou PD are working in the area today to recover the remains. Once the remains are recovered they will be transported to the OCME to be examined to determine identification and cause and manner of death. 

On June 2, 2019, 31-year-old Kurtis Madore went missing in the Caribou area. Maine State Police are not speculating that the remains are Madore. They will wait for the OCME exam to determine identification.
 

Angel Torres Missing 21 Years

Angel TorresFrom the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

“Someone knows where our son is,” Ramona and Narciso Torres

 
It was at the end of his junior year of college when Angel “Tony” Torres traveled from Massachusetts, where he was living at the time, to Maine to visit friends. That would be the last time he was ever seen. Friday, May 21, 2021, will mark the 22nd anniversary of his disappearance.

Maine State Police say the night Angel disappeared he was on South Street in Biddeford. They say the man he was with, Jay Carney, their key witness in Angel’s case died in 2015 of a drug overdose. Carney died without telling the police the whole story about what happened that night. Investigators from the Maine State Police believe foul play was involved. Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit South along with the Unsolved Homicide Unit have been following and developing leads for more than 20 years.

Angel’s parents, Ramona and Narciso Torres, have spent more than two decades keeping their son’s memory alive and pleading for answers.   

The Torres’ says the reward in their son’s case has been increased to $16,500. If anyone has any information that could result in recovery of his remains, please call Maine State Police.

“Maine State Police detectives are interested in talking to anyone who has more information about Angel’s disappearance,'' said Lt. Scott Gosselin of Major Crimes Unit – Southern Maine. “We are confident that the right information from courageous people in the community is very likely to help us bring a successful resolution for the Torres family. “
 

Casco Remains

From the desk of Shannon Moss, DPS PIO

At approximately 3:26 pm on May 8th, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from an individual reporting the discovery of skeletal remains at 196 Poland Springs Road. The call was made by a family member who was cleaning out their father’s residence who died earlier in the year.  The remains were found in an outbuilding on the property. The deceased father was identified as Douglas Scott, 82- years old.

The Office of Chief Medical Examiner begun a post-mortem examination on the remains on Sunday morning, May 9th, 2021.  Additional testing and examination is likely to take place throughout the coming weeks.

Detectives, deputies and troopers worked over the weekend investigating the circumstances surrounding this discovery.  Detectives and Deputies continue interviewing witnesses and other persons of interest at this time.  

The Maine State Police Evidence Response team crime scene technicians are processing the scene and are expected to remain on the scene throughout the day.  The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department and the Maine State Police Troop B assisted in securing the scene and identifying witnesses.  The investigation is likely to continue into the coming weeks as authorities work to identify the remains and the circumstances surrounding that discovery.  The Maine State Police do not believe that there is any threat to the public and will share more information as it becomes available.
 

Short Sands Beach Murder

At approximately 3:54 pm on Friday, March 26th, the York Police Department received multiple 911 calls for what was reported as a male assaulting a female behind a large rock on the beach.  Upon their arrival, the York Police patrolmen identified the male party in the assault.  York Police detained the male suspect and brought him to the Police Department.  The female party was located deceased behind a rock.  The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit – South was called to assist York Police with the investigation.  

The female victim was identified as 35-year-old Rhonda Pattelena of Bedford, Massachusetts.  The male suspect was identified as 33-year-old Jeffrey Buchannan also of Bedford, Massachusetts. The two were domestic partners and had one mutual child.  

At 9:00 pm Maine State Police Detectives charged Jeffrey Buchannan with murder and he was taken to the York County Jail.  Authorities are confident that there is no on-going risk to public safety.  

The York Police Department and Eliot Police Department assisted in the investigation.  An investigative team of Maine State Police detectives and crime scene technicians from the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team remain at the scene at this hour and are expected to continue the investigation throughout the weekend.  
 

Rumford Man Arrested in Orlando Fla.

On February 17, 2021, the Maine State Police obtained a warrant for the arrest of 46-year-old Seth Carey of Rumford, Maine.  Carey was arrested this afternoon in Orlando, Florida, and is currently being held at the Orange County Jail.  This investigation began in March of 2018 when a 34-year-old female reported to the Rumford Police Department that she had been sexually assaulted by Carey.  

Because Carey was a locally practicing attorney in the Rumford area, the local District Attorney’s Office (Prosecutorial District III) asked that the Maine State Police handle the investigation in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office from Hancock County.  The Maine State Police worked cooperatively with the Rumford Police Department and the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office to bring a resolution to this complaint.  
  
Due to the nature of the complaint and the related evidence involved, including the judicial review of warrants and records, this investigation took more than three years to complete.  Today’s arrest is the culmination of three years of investigation by the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit – South and the review by the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office.  Special thanks to the United States Marshal Service Maine Violent Offender Task Force and the Florida Caribbean/Regional Fugitive Task Force for their assistance in locating and apprehending Carey while he was traveling out of state.  

The arrest warrant was for the following charges:

•    Attempted Gross Sexual Assault - Class B
•    Attempted Aggravated Sex Trafficking – Class C
•    Unlawful Sexual Contact – Class D
•    Domestic Violence Assault – Class D
•    Engaging in Prostitution – Class E
 

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