Tuesday, 06 February 2018 18:00

Town awaits Joyce McLain murder verdict Featured

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EAST MILLINOCKET- “Everybody thought she would turn up. She just stopped somewhere for the night,” said longtime selectman Clint Linscott.

That was 38 years ago when teenager Joyce McLain disappeared after going for a run. Her badly beaten body turned up two days later behind Schenck High School, and now accused murderer 57 year-old Phillip Scott Fournier is waiting for a judge to decide if he is guilty of the crime.

“We need closure, but I think there are still too many unanswered questions,” Linscott said. “I grew up with Joyce and from that day on everything changed. People lock their doors now.”

That fear rings true for many in the town.

“There has been a lot of uncertainty about what's going on with it, the whole thing,” Lee Powers of East Millinocket said. “I'ts time for closure, that's for sure.”

We're told Joyce was well liked by everyone who knew her, which is why the anticipation about this long awaited verdict is so high, but even with a verdict some worry the town will never recover.

“It was quite stunning back then that is for sure,” Powers said. “A lot of unanswered questions.”

“The safety is gone the safety and security,” Linscott said. “Even if we find out who it is, the safety and security of small town Maine is gone.”

Judge Ann Murray is expected to decide the verdict in the coming weeks. but even with answers, one thing is for sure: Joyce will always be missed.

“The hardest thing is you look back and who would she be today,” Linscott said. “I mean she knew everything. She could do anything.”

Ashley Paul

Evening News Anchor/Reporter
apaul@wvii.com

Ashley joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX Fox 22 in April 2015. After working as an intern at Fox 29 in Philadelphia, Fox 25 and Channel 7 in Boston, and The Today Show in Australia, she is so excited to officially kick off her career as a reporter here in Maine!

Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Ashley has had an interest in news since anchoring the morning broadcast at her elementary school at the age of 10. Ashley is also a graduate of Boston University, with a degree in Journalism. At BU, she participated in various BUTV programs and reported live from the democratic headquarters during the election day coverage.

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