AUGUSTA – The “Cold Case Unit” is helping Maine State Police solve unsolved crimes in Maine.
State police arrested Burton Hagar, 62, last week for the death of his infant son nearly 40 years ago.
The chief of state police said Maine’s new investigative unit helped crack the case.
Federal funding is now helping a team of investigators focus solely on cold cases, And this is the first one that’s being brought to a grand jury as a result.
Lt. Jeff Love said “These unsolved cases have been worked by detectives 10, 15, 20, 30 years ago, who have put a significant amount of time, money and energy into them. And now this unit is going in, reviewing those case files, looking at cases, that are not easy to solve.”
The unsolved homicide unit includes a lieutenant, two detectives, a district attorney, a lab technician and a victim’s advocate.