NORRIDGEWOCK – The disappearance and murder of a Skowhegan teen 13 years ago remains as one of the state’s unsolved homicides.
“She got killed. Somebody murdered her,” her mother, Norma Drake, who now lives in Franklin, said Monday. “It’s awful. It’s terrible. It’s a nightmare. So young.”
She is the mother of Norridgewock homicide victim Amy Drake, 18. She said her daughter was taken too soon.
“She had all kinds of friends. Everybody loved her,” Norma Drake said. “They still do. They were shocked as well.”
She reported her daughter missing on Sept. 20, 2006. Hunters found the teen’s body a month later in a wooded area off the River Road in Norridgewock. She was survived by a 2-year-old daughter.
“When she came up missing… I had that feeling that something, something bad had happened,” said childhood friend Jason Dickerson, who now lives in Cookeville, Tennessee. “Especially, her mom had said she has left without her purse, er, had never come back to get her purse.”
“When they found her it was heartbreaking,” he added later.
Dickerson moved just down the street from the Drakes as a youngster.
“In middle school, she was like a pretty girl and I was like a chubby, weird kid with a mullet,” Dickerson said. “She said, ‘No, you’re going to hang out with me. You’re really nice.’ She was always kind to me.”
Dickerson keeps in touch with Drake’s daughter, who is now a teenager herself.
The Maine State Police have said a suspect was interviewed in the case, however, no one has ever been charged. The cause of her death also has never been released.
Norma Drake believes her daughter’s boyfriend is responsible. According to court documents, just before her daughter disappeared, the boyfriend was given a six-month sentence for punching her and breaking her nose, but didn’t have to turn himself into the jail until Oct. 9.
She hopes someday to have answers.
“That’s what I’m waiting for now,” Norma Drake said. “Everyone is.”
Her daughter’s birthday is Nov. 22.
“That’s what hurts the most – around the holidays, her birthdays,” Norma Drake said. “It gets to me a lot, every year.”
“Nobody really knows what happened, other than the person who did it,” Dickerson said. “There is no justice. There hasn’t been justice and that bites really bad.”