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.
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.
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 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, 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.