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New search underway in 30-year-old Joyce McLain murder case

(NEWS CENTER) - 35 years ago Joyce McLain's body was found behind the soccer fields at Schenck High School in East Millinocket. She had been brutally killed.

A State Police Crime Scene Unit and two cruisers were seen leaving the area a little after 4 P.M. on Thursday evening. Joyce's mom Pam told NEWS CENTER that she was notified this morning by Maine State Police officials that their detectives and a crime scene van would be near the field where Joyce's body was found.

McLain says it was a kind of courtesy stop because they wanted to tell her before she heard it from someone else. She believes they are gathering evidence in the grounds near the soccer field where Joyce was found. She says she's not sure what prompted today's search.

Joyce McLain was 16 when she died. She disappeared while jogging on a summer night in 1980 not far from Schenck High School. Her body was found a few days later near the jogging trail she used.

She had injuries to her head and neck. Over the years, the trail grew colder. Community members pooled their money in 2008 to have Joyce's body exhumed hoping to find any shred of DNA evidence that could be linked to her killer.

But, none was found. And still, there's been no arrest.

NEWS CENTER will keep you updated with the latest details.


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