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Friday, 15 March 2019 17:58

42-year-old homicide of Masardis retired teacher still unsolved Featured

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MASARDIS - It was 42 years ago when Lila Drew, a retired teacher and widow was bludgeoned to death in her home on Main Street.

With two coffee cups still on her kitchen table, police believe the 78-year-old may have sat down with someone, possibly the killer, just before she died.


Her body was found on the floor of her kitchen with a broken chair beside her that investigators determined was the weapon used in her death.


Maine State Police Det. Ed Mandell said at the time that she died of blunt force trauma to her head after being hit five to 10 times.


The reports state she may have died up to 24 hours before her son, Maxwell, who lived next door discovered her body on March 18, 1977.


Nothing was missing from her home on Route 11, also known as Main Street. Masardis has a population of 249. Two other unsolved homicides are also linked to the Aroostook County village. The bodies of two men from southern Maine, reported missing in 1994, were found in shallow graves back in 1997.


According to Drew's obituary, she was born in Oxbow on July 4, 1898, married her husband, George, in 1920, and had three children. Her husband died in 1962 and none of her children are alive today, but she is survived by grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


She retired from the nearby Ashland school system, and was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Masardis Congregational Church.


The petite septuagenarian was "one nice woman who never did anything to anybody," a neighbor told the Bangor Daily News at the time.


The neighbor described her as "a lady."


According to media reports a massive team of 15 Maine State Police investigators responded to the scene but the case has never been solved.


Anyone with information about this case, can contact - Major Crimes Unit - North, 198 Maine Avenue, Bangor, Maine 04401, or call them at (207)973-3750 or 1-800-432-7381.

Nit-Noi Ricker

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...