Hmmm, I think I see a pattern here

20 Mar


Ashley Ouellette

Police start investigating and quickly pinpoint Ashley’s last known location was 50 Mast Hill Rd. They interview the four Sanborns. 16 yr old Daniel Sanborn’s story was inconsistent. The police issue search warrants for the Sanborn home and impound Daniel’s car, an Eagle Summit. In the home they find a trail of blood droplets leading from the kitchen to the living room. They seize evidence of sexual activity and a condom. Bedding, including a pillow case with a stain as well as carpet and upholstery samples are taken. They also remove jewelry and a purple cord. They take hair and tissue samples from Daniel and fingernail clippings. From his car they seize a gold ring, a black shirt, a scarf. They also take fingernail particles and hair samples. There is also brown grass that is the same as the brown grass found on Ashley’s body.

You would think that this would be a slam dunk case or that at least an arrest would be imminent but there are no arrests. Police claim they have a pretty good idea of what happened and retired Sgt. Matt Stewart who was the lead investigator on the case said that “They were unable to place Ashley alive outside of the Sanborn home.” but unfortunately police felt they were just shy of being able to prove what happened beyond a reasonable doubt. The police had a body, they had evidence but what was the motive? Without a confession or a statement from one of the four people in the home that night the case goes unsolved.

Kimberly Moreau

In an interview marking the 25th anniversary of Kimberly’s disappearance in 2011, police mentioned Brian Enman and Darren Joudry by name in asking anyone with information to come forward, anonymously if necessary, to give the Moreau family some peace.  Both men still live in the area.

“You know who you are and you know that we have a good idea of who you are,” Maine State Police Lt. Brian McDonough said about the person who can tell them what happened to Kim.

Maine State Police Detective Jeffrey Love expressed a similar sentiment a year later, in speaking with WABI TV.  “We know who she was with, we’ve talked to those people, and we feel as though they do have some more information that would help us,” he said.

Mary Catherine Olenchuk 

Ten years have gone by since the slaying of 13-year-old Mary Olenchuk, but investigators now acknowledge they have a suspect.

After pursuing hundreds of leads that never panned out, police received a tip that led them to a person they believe responsible for the killing. “We do have a suspect,” said Assistant Attorney General Pat Perrino.  But there has never been enough evidence for a conviction, and the case is “not very active,” police say.

Authorities won’t identify the suspect, or even say whether he’s still living in Maine.  Detectives linked him to the case several years after the 1970 slaying, but have never approached him for questioning.

“It’s a difficult one,” said State Police detective James Pinette. “Things have come up but nothing that was ever good enough to shed any new light on it.”

Aisha Dickson

Aisha Mariah Dickson was just 8 months old when she died on Jan. 6, 1995, after someone broke nearly every bone in her 11-pound body.

At the time, her parents, Sarah Johnson and DeShawn Dickson, and grandmother June Johnson denied knowing anything about her death. They had been living together at an apartment in Bangor.

Twenty years later, no one has been charged in connection with the brutal homicide, which Bangor police say remains under investigation, despite the passage of time.

“This is not an evidence-based case — it’s a people case,” Bangor police Sgt. Tim Cotton said Monday. “It’s a case where somebody needs to talk to us.”

With no one talking in either cold case, police investigators are left with little to work with.

“It’s very frustrating … to have a grasp of what you believe happened,” Cotton said. “You can’t always confirm.” 

Ayla Reynolds

Ayla Reynolds, a 20-month-old now presumed dead who went missing from her father’s Waterville home on Dec. 17, 2011. The three adults at the residence have not cooperated with police and no one has been charged, despite pleas from Ayla’s mother for justice.

At the time of her disappearance, Ayla was staying in Waterville with her father, Justin DiPietro, his girlfriend Courtney Roberts, 27, of Portland and her son, and Justin’s sister Alisha DiPietro, 26, and her daughter.

We believe they have not given us the full story,” Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said six weeks into the investigation when authorities released information about the toddler’s blood being found inside her father’s home.

They know more than they’ve told us,” McCausland said Monday about the case.

Maine State Police launched the largest missing person search in the state’s history, on water and on land, but the child has not been found. Investigators say it’s highly unlikely Ayla will be found alive.

Maine State Police also continue to believe that the people who were in the house the night Ayla disappeared — DiPietro, Roberts, and Justin’s sister, Elisha DiPietro — have withheld information from the police that’s relevant to the case.

“We’ve said for a long time now that we’re looking for answers to the questions we’ve asked and we just don’t feel like we’ve gotten those answers yet,” Love said.

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43 responses to “Hmmm, I think I see a pattern here

  1. mountain mama

    March 20, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you for this post Dee. Definitely a pattern.

  2. mountain mama

    March 20, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Please light a candle for Ayla ❤

    Also everyone please remember our friends at Ayla’s facebook pages and blogs. Many people are working to keep Ayla on everyone’s minds. Thank you all for the time you devote to Ayla. Keep reading, commenting, sharing and liking. Ayla’s voices won’t be silenced. The truth will come out and Ayla and those who love her will finally have answers and justice.

  3. Karen

    March 20, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you, Dee.
    It is a pattern. And I don’t understand it. What is the deal with Maine? It must be so frustrating for investagators in this state! And not fair for victims.

  4. CG

    March 20, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    All of these cases except Mary Katherine involve multiple people being together at or near the time of a presumed homicide. So anytime you want to hide a homicide in Maine, assuming mulitple people weren’t already there when it happened, I guess the thing to do is trick some other people into coming by, and zip the lip, knowing the prosecutors will sit on their hands.

    • mountain mama

      March 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Sit on their hands while tying the hands of LE.

  5. Karen

    March 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    Why is Maine like this? Do they not try cases unless it is absolutely a slam dunk? In many states I think some of these cases would be a sure thing. Are there rules or a law about this in Maine?

  6. Anonymous

    March 20, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    They need to jail, justin and the others including Justin’s mother till someone talks! So sad Alya is still missing.

  7. Dee

    March 20, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    “Authorities won’t identify the suspect, or even say whether he’s still living in Maine.  Detectives linked him to the case several years after the 1970 slaying, but have never approached him for questioning.”

    This really bothers me. Never questioned him? WTH?

    • Anonymous

      May 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      Dee, Check out Charles E. Pierce/Olenchuk/Murderpedia. He admitted to the 1970 Olenchuk murder and many others while he was in prison at Walpole for killing another 13 year-old girl from Boxford Mass in 1969. He is the one that Maine State Police believed was responsible for the Olenchuk murder in 1970. I am working with a group from Husson/NESCom in Bangor that are filming a documentary on the Olenchuk case. Check out “Entangled Strangers” online. The release
      of this documentary is now only a few days away. Contact me if you like at .

  8. Karen

    March 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Were there any arrests yet In this shooting case? To me it is odd that the investigation was drug out like this.

    • Karen

      March 20, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      Found it.

      Am i missing something or should something more been done about this?

      • Dee

        March 20, 2015 at 10:19 pm

        Something’s weird about this Karen. They say it wasn’t a hunting accident. So why wouldn’t they release names to the public of who was involved? Is someone covering something up?

      • 321

        March 21, 2015 at 8:55 pm

        I remember when this happened. We went by the property and were shocked to think that it happen so close to homes. I think it still is in the back of the minds of the/ people who live on the outskirts. If you are in the woods looking out towards the community it is very hard to tell from 62 yards in the woods!

        • Lee

          March 21, 2015 at 9:04 pm

          Hi 321.

          Even a hunting “accident” of this sort that I ever heard of have always had legal consequences in others states.

        • 321

          March 21, 2015 at 9:43 pm

          Hi Lee,
          Hunting accidents have been a way of life in Maine.If you go out into the woods unprepared you are taking your like in your on hands up here. I am in shock of the zoning of hunting!

          We have beautiful geese in a marsh near here. I found out it is legal to shoot Canadian goose. I was shocked!

        • 321

          March 21, 2015 at 9:45 pm

          I forgot to say this marsh is in the center of our village

  9. CG

    March 20, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Why do the people who live in Maine tolerate this? Why don’t they demand more openness and accountability? If the state laws are in part to blame, why not vote to change them?

  10. mountain mama

    March 21, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Snow should be melting soon. I hope they will do more searches. Ayla is out there somewhere and she deserves to be found.

  11. Tori

    March 21, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    I think it all goes back to the Attorney General and the Prosecutors, are they not confident enough to try a murder case without all bases covered? I get the whole double jeopardy thing and I also understand not wanting to prosecute on a lesser charge and showing all your evidence at trial because it shows your hand but in many of these cases like Ashley Ouellette and Ayla Reynolds the evidence is overwhelming so why not bring them to trial? Daniel Sanborn has been free for over 15 yrs carrying on with his life, Justin DiPietro 4. What is the lesser of two evils? Trying a case and failing or not trying it at all and letting murderers roam free?

    • Lee

      March 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      ” What is the lesser of two evils? Trying a case and failing or not trying it at all and letting murderers roam free?”

      I tend to agree Tori. I don’t see the justice of people going to their grave with justice either for or against them unfulfilled.

      • CG

        March 21, 2015 at 2:49 pm

        Good point, Tori. If they’re comparing temporary freedom to permanent, they ought to look at their track record and reassess since they are not habitually bringing these cases to trial 10-15 years out. The more realistic comparison is letting them roam free with no effort to hold them accountable or making the effort and possibly failing with the result they are free forever and possibly succeeding with a conviction and lengthy sentence.

        • mountain mama

          March 21, 2015 at 4:18 pm

          It would be interesting to research what cases they prosecuted but failed to get a conviction.

        • Dee

          March 21, 2015 at 4:35 pm

          I agree that would be interesting. I have a feeling there’s not many where they didn’t get a conviction. It seems Maine prosecutors are reluctant to being any case forward unless it’s a slam dunk, no brainer.

        • Dee

          March 21, 2015 at 4:51 pm

          Is it that Maine prosecutors don’t feel competent to prosecute a mostly circumstantial case or is it that they feel Maine juries need that “smoking gun”?

        • Lee

          March 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm

          Thanks for this post Dee.

          I think it is possible that Maine’s prosecutors worry not only about getting a hung jury, but also about their won-loss record. That may not be being fair to the prosecutors, but it is something to consider.

  12. Lee

    March 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Please consider this question then share your answer.

    If you were the family member of a person who was murdered, or missing and presumed dead, would you rather wait for a “sure thing” case, or for prosecution to be tried shy of a “slam dunk”?

    • CG

      March 21, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      There’s a lot in between. I wouldn’t want to wait for a slam dunk, but if there was a reasonable- emphasize the word reasonable- prospect delay would produce additional information that would shore up the prosecution, it would be worth waiting in many circumstances. It wouldn’t be worth waiting if there was little or no reason to believe more evidence would be forthcoming, little effort being made to actively seek additional information, or a delay of such unreasonable length (years) that the delay represented a denial of justice.

      • Lee

        March 21, 2015 at 9:27 pm

        how long do you wait?

        • CG

          March 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm

          Lee I don’t think there can be a set answer because each case is different. I think there comes a time though when you don’t wait- no new leads, no active investigation, passage of significant time, those who need justice being aged or ill so that delay will deny them justice altogether…

        • Lee

          March 21, 2015 at 10:38 pm

          Ignoring the variables between cases and generalizing:

          I would rather the authorities make an attempt. Waiting for years for “the break” that may never come would not be how I would want justice pursued for my loved one.

          The thought of the guilty going on with their life, unmolested by any attempt at justice is unthinkable. Witnesses, associates and officers passing on without resolution. No attempt for justice for these people either.

          The thought of the guilty being allowed to enjoy the majority of their life and then give a “death bed confession”, or being found guilty in their twilight years doesn’t sit well with me either.

          I would rather an attempt with reasonable possibility of success, even if it failed. At least the guilty would forever be linked to having been tried for the crime.

        • Anonymous

          March 21, 2015 at 11:21 pm

          .. . And run the risk of those who may know something…being unable to testify, or worse, dying? When did the young man who was said to have visited Justin and thought JD had killed Aylan die in that auto crash? How long after the investigation was under way? Did he talk to the police?

      • Dee

        March 21, 2015 at 11:02 pm

         “It wouldn’t be worth waiting if there was little or no reason to believe more evidence would be forthcoming, little effort being made to actively seek additional information, or a delay of such unreasonable length (years) that the delay represented a denial of justice.”

        Isn’t this what’s happening with Ayla?

        • mountain mama

          March 21, 2015 at 11:23 pm

          It sure looks that way.

  13. Karen

    March 22, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    So why is Maine this way? Is there a Law? Is it something that the AG has felt strongly about and passed down to others over the years? It seems like they are giving a pass for murdorous behavior.

    • Anonymous

      March 23, 2015 at 12:20 am

      If there were a trial, many things now obscured by everyone including LE would come out. Even with a hung jury, or a not guilty verdict, some truths would leak out. Then could people acquitted just go on with their lives? A lot more stuff than is known now would cling to the likely suspects for years. Casey Anthony is never going to have an easy life, even though she is technically free.

  14. CG

    March 22, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Bringing up for further discussion an article in the Washington Post today.
    It shows what a balancing act is required for a prosecutor to be aggressive enough with the guilty without inadvertently ensnaring the innocent. For decades, Shaken Baby Syndrome was accepted and used to put the last caretaker to handle a baby (typically) in jail when there was a deceased baby with certain injuries and no witnesses to any crime. Now it’s come out that the supposed syndrome is not so well defined and was overused in any case with the result that innocent people’s lives were ruined. Zeroing in on one of multiple potential killers presents this sort of problem- there’s what seems obvious and then there are subtleties.

  15. mountain mama

    March 22, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Human remains and clothing that were found near the southern coast of Alaska may be connected to the disappearance of a family of four last year, police said Sunday.

    Police in Kenai, about 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, said items found at the scene Saturday night “appear to match items identified as missing” from the home of Brandon Jividen, 38, Rebecca Adams, 23, and Adams’ daughters, Michelle Hundley, 6, and Jaracca Hundley, 3. The family’s dog, Sparks, was also missing.

    • Dee

      March 23, 2015 at 8:29 am

      Thanks MM. I hadn’t heard anything on this case in a while.

      • mountain mama

        March 23, 2015 at 9:38 am

        There’s supposed to be a news conference at noon with hopefully more information.


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