And to take your minds off of the tragedy in Washington

MP news that is not about Josh Powell’s cowardly murder/suicide:

The Morning Sentinel in Maine has done an article about cold case missing children there; it mentions Douglas Chapman, Cathy Moulton, Kimberly Moreau, Kurt Newton (why isn’t he on NCMEC?) and Bernard Ross. The article quotes the Charley Project in several places.

In New Zealand they’re digging for the body of Jefferie Hill, a two-year-old who disappeared in 1968. The dig site is at the property of a former neighbor, whom Jefferie’s mother thinks was involved in the disappearance. The neighbor died in the 1980s.

Per Annie of For the Lost: this four-month-old article about Natasha Paula Corley, who was abducted by her mother and probably taken to Mexico back in 2006. Natasha was a year and a half at the time and would now be six years old. Her father, Keith, stated she and her mother simply vanished one day when Keith showed up to get her for a visitation.

This article talks about Guy Pyke and Carol Wood, both of whom vanished from central New York in the nineties. Guy’s wife of over 50 years died in January.

The body of Jason Wing has been identified. He disappeared in August 2010 at the age of 21 and was found last week, shot to death. Dustin J. Trimm has been charged with second-degree murder in his case.

I hope to be able to update tonight. I was able to get connected to the internet at Shya’s, but the connection there is really bad, really slow.

14 thoughts on “And to take your minds off of the tragedy in Washington

  1. Melinda March 4, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    Love your blog…I’ve been thinking about the Cathy Moulton case, how bizarre it is.

    Would you mind if I shared my theories (there are several) about what might have happened to her?

  2. Melinda March 4, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    My first theory is that after purchasing the stockings and toothpaste, Cathy stopped at the Starbird music store to chat with a girlfriend. They planned to see one another at the dance that night. Cathy was walking home on Forest Avenue when the car pulled up beside her…she knew the driver (possibly Lester Everett, sometimes spelled “Everette”).
    He might have offered her a lift home and she accepted. However, he didn’t intend to take her home at all…she might not have realized this at first. Some accounts have placed Cathy as being seen in his car and looking afraid; no one is sure whether she actually made it to the dance or not on the night of September 24, 1971.
    There is very little information about him but one article claims that he died in Florida in the 1980’s. I don’t know if that is true because there is a person named Lester Everette living in Manitoba.

    It is often said that he was a friend of hers but I wonder…could they have been more than friends?
    She was 16 at the time, he might have been quite a bit older. Maybe she didn’t want anyone to know about their relationship. Cathy didn’t sound like the type to run away…her parents weren’t abusive and she enjoyed school, based on what I’ve read.

    My second theory is that this Lester Everett person convinced Cathy that it would be OK, he would return her home safely…it was just a trip.
    Somewhere along the way he picked up an acquaintance named Reid Perley and they drove 300 miles away from Portland to Mars Hill and Smyrna, Maine (both of which are located in Aroostook County).
    Some people have claimed to see Cathy picking potatoes in a field in Aroostook County and that she seemed distraught, wanting to go home.
    That could suggest that she was being held against her will for some reason and that the two men seen with her might have prevented her from going back to Portland. I believe the two men might have been Everett and Perley, both of whom are not Mainers…after doing some research, it seems that they are/were from New Brunswick or Nova Scotia and they might be of the Tobique First Nations or Maliseet Indians.

    In any case, that could explain why they drove to the most remote northern part of Maine…it was close to Canada. But perhaps they were reluctant to cross the US/Canada border with her because the authorities would have been suspicious.
    When police questioned Everett, he claimed to have dropped her off in Mars Hill, then he changed his story and said he took her to a camp in Smyrna but never saw her again.
    It is puzzling because these places are a long way off from Portland, although they are still in Maine. Whom would Cathy have known in Mars Hill or Smyrna?

  3. Melinda March 4, 2015 / 2:33 pm

    Also noteworthy is that a hunter claimed to have found human remains, the skeleton/skull of a young woman, in the woods of Smyrna in 1983.
    He tried to show the police but couldn’t retrace his steps due to extreme weather and the remains were never found. Supposedly the remains were surrounded by items of clothing and there was a purse nearby that might have resembled the one Cathy had.

    My next theory is that if the remains are indeed that of Cathy Moulton, she either met with foul play (murder) or she was killed by an animal in the woods, or she might have succumbed to illness and eventually died without anyone knowing.
    The police also questioned Reid Perley and he denied ever seeing Cathy although some people claimed to have seen him, her and Lester Everett in Aroostook County together.

    I believe that despite this case being nearly 44 years old, there are still people who know what happened.
    I feel that Cathy was abducted for some reason or coerced into leaving. She might not have been completely unwilling to go initially but the person(s) did not want to take her home. Another possibility is that there were ties to a cult of some sort and that is the “camp” Lester Everett claims to have taken her to.
    Many young people have been caught up in cults and brainwashed to the point where they lose their identity.

    Cathy might have been murdered by one or both of the men she was seen with, and her remains left in the woods.
    If she was seen in Smyrna and remains were supposedly discovered in Smyrna a few years later, it could very well have been her remains.
    Both men returned to Canada as far as I know, although Lester Everett supposedly made his way to Florida.
    I really wish this case would be solved because Cathy’s parents are elderly and they need closure.

  4. Melinda March 4, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    Oh, yes…let us remember that the car Everette was driving was a stolen vehicle.
    Now doesn’t that also raise suspicion? Why a stolen car? And I’m still curious as to how Cathy knew him.
    Somehow I don’t think he was a classmate or a person her own age…I think this was a guy who was a bit older who took advantage of a naive young girl.

    Cathy’s mom has said that she hopes Cathy is still alive but happens to be suffering from amnesia and that is why she hasn’t come home in all this time.
    My heart goes out to the parents, but I believe Cathy is dead and has been for years.
    And I believe that the person(s) responsible have never been caught or punished for what they did.

    Thanks so much, Charley, for what you do to help victims and their loved ones.
    I’ll keep you posted if I can find anything new about this case.

  5. Melinda March 5, 2015 / 9:53 am

    OK, so according to my knowledge of the area, Aroostook County is about 1 hour from Tobique…Madawaska is the last Maine town and then you’re in Canada.
    If by chance or by miracle Cathy is still alive she could have been taken to Canada; the question is, where?

    Since the two men (possible suspects) seen with her are Canadian and First Nations, she could have been taken to a reservation…sometimes you will find whites living among indigenous peoples. Maybe she was eventually married or even had children at some point.

    Another theory is that if she is alive and not the unidentified Jane Doe found in the Maine woods, she could have been taken to Canada and trafficked into prostitution.
    Maybe that was part of why she disappeared in the first place and was taken so far from home.

    If she is alive and still in Maine, she might be somewhere in Aroostook County.
    There is an Amish community in Smyrna; she could be living among them. Everett had claimed to drop her off at a camp in Smyrna…whether this was a hippie commune or a religious setting or even a cult is unclear, if his story is true.

    Back in the 1970’s and even part of the early 80’s, some folks in the area claimed to have spotted her in Presque Isle at a gas station. All of these towns-Mars Hill, Presque Isle, and Smyrna-are within Aroostook County.
    I strongly believe that the keys to Cathy’s whereabouts are between the northernmost part of Maine and the entry point to Canada.

    What’s sad is that if Cathy IS alive (I doubt it but anything is possible) she might have lost her identity for some reason and not even truly know who she is anymore.
    If she has neighbors, depending on their age, they might not realize that this is a person who has been lost to her family for over 40 years.

    The possibilities are endless when a person goes missing sometimes and the more time marches on, the mystery goes unsolved.
    Her parents seem like the sweetest people and it’s sad to think that they could die without ever knowing what happened to her…that is so tragic.
    Her sister has a teenage daughter of her own and is extremely protective of her because of how Cathy disappeared.

    I wish this case and a few others could be profiled on the show “Unsolved Mysteries”. That could really help in the search for these missing persons.

  6. Melinda March 5, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    Perley is a fairly common surname among First Nations people in the New Brunswick and Perth-Andover area…I wonder if Reid Perley is related to them?

    Something tells me that he and Lester Everett (and perhaps others) know what happened to Cathy but they won’t talk about it.
    I just don’t see how a young girl could vanish without a trace, even in 1971, and no one comes forward despite actually seeing her.

    She had no reason to run away…her parents weren’t abusive, she was well-liked by her peers, and she seemed to be happy. She took nothing with her but the clothes on her back and a small purse holding toothpaste, stockings and a very tiny amount of money.
    That doesn’t sound like a girl who planned to leave home, especially not for a long period of time.
    I will admit that it is a bit odd to carry two tubes of toothpaste in one’s purse, though…I would think she would have bought makeup or something for the dance. Maybe I’m just remembering when I was 16 and wanted to look pretty so I would buy lipstick, but I didn’t really consider toothpaste to be a cosmetic item, more for hygiene/dental care.

    I also wonder if Everett lived in Maine at the time he picked Cathy up in the stolen car or if he drove to Maine from somewhere else. I wonder how she knew him.
    He is often described as a friend of hers but there is no mention of his age at the time or what school he went to.
    Cathy was a student at Deering High School, but what about him? That is my burning question. I’m sure he was cleared as a suspect (maybe because the police could find no solid evidence that he harmed Cathy) but I feel that they should have looked into it further. I wonder if her parents knew him at all or if this “friendship” was a secret.
    As I stated above, it is possible that they were more than friends or that maybe Cathy liked and trusted him enough to accept a ride in the car, believing he would take her home.

    Something makes me think that he and Reid Perley were both older than Cathy, anywhere from 18 to 30 years old. It is possible that she realized how worried her parents would be and that she missed them. She and the two guys (if the sightings of them in Aroostook County were accurate) probably had no money so they worked in the potato fields.
    Whether it was an abduction or she left of her own accord, it seems that she desperately wanted to see her family again but was prevented from doing so…the question is, why? Maybe the two guys feared being charged with statutory rape or kidnapping so they didn’t want to risk taking her all the way back to Cumberland County.

    To further add to this unresolved case, Maine is a huge state and Aroostook County alone is enormous.
    It is also very remote…you can go to certain parts and there is literally nothing there but woods. Internet and phones don’t even work in some parts; can’t imagine what it was like when Cathy was taken there.
    There would have been no way for her to call her parents to let them know she was safe. It is an area that a person can be lost in because it is so remote. That is why I’m not ruling out the theory that the remains found in Smyrna in ’83 could possibly be hers.

    I wonder what became of the hunter who claimed to have seen the remains out in the woods. If he is still living, it would be helpful if he came forward and shared some details about what he saw. The remains were that of a young female but no description of the clothes found with the remains.

  7. Melinda March 6, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Sorry to keep flooding this post with comments but my mind is working furiously to help solve this case in any way possible.

    If you haven’t done so yet, please listen to Blog Talk Radio…Cathy’s dad is interviewed and he shares his account of the day she disappeared and the issues he had with the Maine police. It is both chilling and sad at the same time.

    There are some errors in a few things he said, though, with all due respect.
    It has been claimed that Lester Everett (Cathy’s “friend”/possible abductor) died in Florida of cancer…there are no records of that anywhere.
    There is, however, a record of one Lester Marshall Everett having died in Maine in 1991 at 45 years old. I wonder if that could be him?

    Cathy’s father also said that this man left behind a widow and that the same stolen car was still in Everett’s possession until his death. No one knows what became of the car, except that it was rusted out and sat behind a trailer on cinder blocks for years. It was never tested for DNA even after forensic testing became available…they should have checked that car with a fine-tooth comb.

    As to the other possible suspect, Reid Perley, he has been in and out of prison over the years.
    According to Cathy’s father, Perley refuses to talk about Cathy on the advice of his attorney…that indicates that he could be hiding something.
    Cathy’s father said that Perley was in prison for murder but I don’t know if this is true. There is no evidence linking him to Cathy other than being seen with her, so we may never truly know

    About the sightings of Cathy, one woman claimed to have seen Cathy at the Bangor mall after she disappeared.
    I guess anything is possible but it’s doubtful…why and how would Cathy be in Bangor after being taken so far away to the other end of the state?
    And if this lady felt sure it was Cathy, why didn’t she approach her? This was somebody who supposedly knew her. If I recognized a familiar face (or thought I did) under those circumstances, I would have tried to talk to the person.

    I believe the accounts of people who spotted her in Aroostook County…that is much more plausible.
    There were people who saw her with two men of Maliseet Indian background and said that she seemed distraught. No one could say for sure what was going on but they knew something was wrong, yet they did nothing.
    The police were able to confirm that she had been seen and was obviously being held against her will by these two men, yet no action was taken to bring her home to safety.

    That is what bothers me the most…this girl was miles from home and had been reported as a missing person, people saw her and no one intervened.
    I know it was 1971 and missing persons weren’t investigated the way they are today but that is just crazy.
    Cathy’s parents actually made the long trip from Portland to Aroostook County but perhaps by then, she was gone…either dead or taken across the border to Canada.

    One clerk at a Gulf gas station in Presque Isle, ME said that the blue car once pulled up with two men and a girl.
    It seems like a credible eyewitness account in light of the information about the men Cathy was with. Supposedly a credit card was used to fill up the car and new tires were put on the vehicle…Cathy’s father said that the credit card (like the car being driven) had also been stolen.
    That tells me that these guys were both involved in criminal activity of some sort. If a person can steal cars and money, they might not be above “stealing” another human being for their own purposes.

    Cathy is listed as an endangered missing person on the Charley Project info about her, as you know…I hope that no harm came to her but something tells me that she was in trouble the minute she started walking home and that car pulled up.
    On the radio show, Cathy’s dad is trying hard to be strong but you can tell that he is still deeply affected by this. I can’t imagine being in his shoes, having a loved one abducted or disappear under bizarre/mysterious circumstances.

    I wonder if Cathy had a journal…most young girls do, and they write down their feelings.
    If there was a journal, that might hold clues about her disappearance. The two guys should have been checked out thoroughly, especially the one driving (Everett).
    Questions should have been asked…how do you know Cathy? Were you in a relationship with her? Did she talk about running away? Why did you take her so far away? Why did you steal the car? Have you met her parents? Was she possibly pregnant?

    Those are all questions that a good detective would have asked.

  8. Melinda March 7, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Lester Everett would have been about 25 in 1971, so I was correct about him being older than Cathy.
    If we’re looking at the possibility that it was not an abduction but that she left of her own accord, then she might not have wanted her parents to know she was involved with an older guy. She might have been pregnant and feared the reaction of her parents; just as I suspected, Everett was most likely not one of her cohorts but a guy in his mid-twenties who probably took advantage of a naive young girl.

    That explains a lot…there were probably things her parents didn’t know. She could have planned to leave home because of a secret relationship with this “friend”/boyfriend/abductor.
    Cathy didn’t sound like the type of girl to run away or have a secret boyfriend, but it shouldn’t be ruled out as a possible factor in her disappearance.

    But I’m willing to bet that wasn’t the case…she probably liked and trusted him, but had no plans to leave home for an extended period of time without telling anyone.
    Cathy’s father said in the interview that the car Everett drove had been stolen from a Mrs. Davis…I’m sure that this person is probably deceased now and can’t provide any details of who took the car. Supposedly the credit card was also stolen from that same person. I wonder if Lester Everett worked for this Mrs. Davis at any time, which is how he was able to steal both the car and the credit card? And if maybe some of Cathy’s friends her own age could verify ever seeing Cathy with him before?

    Also, we don’t know at what point Reid Perley was picked up in the car and if that was planned the whole time.
    He obviously needed a ride to Canada back to the Tobique reserve he came from…maybe he’d been visiting friends or relatives in Maine?
    Houlton, ME is in Aroostook County and there is a decent population of Maliseet Indians in that area. The Tobique reserve is also home to the Maliseet people. I would say that if Cathy is still living, northern Maine and Canada are the places to look; reservations are a good place to start.

    Her own father even said that he believed Cathy could have been taken to a reservation.
    Remember I said that Perley is a common name among First Nation people in New Brunswick? Well, oddly enough, there are a few people named Moulton among them…the same surname as Cathy. That deepens the mystery. There are mixed-blood Native people who appear fully Caucasian. If Cathy is still living, I can see her on a reservation somewhere with hazy memories of the past. She might have a different name now.

    I wish they could find the remains of the young woman in Smyrna; that would confirm whether or not it is Cathy.

  9. Melinda March 18, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    I’ve also been thinking that Cathy’s story is somewhat similar to a short story by Joyce Carol Oates called “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?”
    It was published in 1970, I believe…the year before Cathy went missing.

    In it, a young girl named Connie is abducted/coerced into leaving home with two men in a car and she is never seen again. It is eerily like what probably happened to Cathy Moulton.

  10. Melinda March 27, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    More on Cathy…

    there is a detective named Kevin Cady from Portland, Maine who has tried to find out what happened to her.
    Supposedly he is in the process of writing a book about it but so far, I’ve seen nothing. I would love to read it when it is finally published.

    Cady believes that Cathy was taken to New Brunswick and murdered on the Tobique Reserve by one or both of the men she was with…her remains are possibly still there but might not be identifiable because so much time has passed.
    He even suggested that one of the possible suspects buried Cathy under a home on the reserve and the community is under a code of silence; they can’t (or won’t) talk about it.

    My personal feeling is that if this is true, and I believe it could be, the reason no one will talk is that they fear retribution from the suspect and his family (some of whom have spent time in prison for violent assaults).
    Another reason people might be afraid to come forward is because it would be difficult to search the reserve for remains that are more than 40 years old, especially the remains of a white female. RCMP does not have the authority to venture onto Native lands or dwelling places without special permission…indigenous peoples tend to have their own police.
    Maybe the Canadian police are reluctant to visit the territory and search for Cathy’s remains because they don’t wish to be accused of harassment or racism. So for these complicated reasons, it is hard to pursue the investigation.

    I don’t know why this case haunts me so much; there are cases that are far sadder and more disturbing that have never been solved. But something about Cathy moves me…maybe the fact that I feel a great injustice was done to this young girl and her family. I don’t know her but I don’t want her parents to die without ever learning their daughter’s fate.
    And I don’t want her to be forgotten because she was a person with hopes and dreams, she deserves to be remembered.

    Even if she might have run away voluntarily, I’m certain that something terrible happened to her…somebody hurt that girl and they have avoided punishment for decades.
    There is a guy named Brian Ladd who claims to have psychic/clairvoyant powers to help find missing persons but when asked about Cathy, his answers were so ridiculous.
    He said that he had visions of a man named Jason with a teardrop tattoo under one eye, a red backpack, and a plaid shirt. He said that this “Jason” took Cathy 30 miles away and murdered her, then dumped her behind a farmhouse on a main road.

    OK, now I’m not saying it is impossible…but this guy is known to come up with all kinds of crap.
    The plaid shirt? That is a cliche because so many people wear plaid shirts in Maine. 30 miles away? Aroostook County is much farther than just 30 miles away and that is where many people claimed to see Cathy. Maybe she was killed and buried near a farmhouse but it sure wasn’t 30 miles away from where she lived…she was taken to the extreme northern part of the state far away from home, to the Canadian border.
    The teardrop tattoo? Tattoos have been around for centuries and many people in the 1960’s and 1970’s had tattoos…but facial tattoos weren’t common back then.
    A teardrop tattoo is usually acquired in prison and in gang subculture, it signifies that the bearer has either committed murder or lost a loved one. It would have been viewed as “extreme” to have a facial tattoo during that time, esp. that type of tattoo. Such a tattoo would also make it easy to identify this person if he indeed exists.

    Not to mention that Cathy was seen in the company of two men, not just one, riding in a stolen car.
    I don’t know if Lester Everett had any tattoos or identifying marks/scars but I believe Reid Perley does…not a teardrop tattoo though, and not on his face.

    Now let’s say that Cathy was in the northern part of Maine and then taken to Canada, where she might have been killed. Who was the unidentified young woman supposedly found out in the woods of Smyrna? Where is that hunter today? Is he still alive and can he be located? I would really like to find him if possible and ask him what he saw, if he can recall anything.
    The Jane Doe in the woods could have been Cathy but it is bizarre how the remains vanished when the hunter tried to lead police back to the location; either an animal could have eaten them or the snow obliterated all traces of them or the remains could have been carried away by the killer (s). This whole case is fishy all around. 😦

    I wonder if maybe Cathy was taken to Smyrna and Mars Hill in northern Maine, then taken to Canada, then returned to Maine and killed.

  11. Melinda March 27, 2015 / 6:22 pm

    As to camps…there are about 4 wilderness day camps/retreats in Aroostook County, plus the Amish community in Smyrna (as previously mentioned).
    In the 1960’s-1970’s it was fairly common for young people to become enamored with the idea of the hippie lifestyle or to join cults. Not implying that the Amish are a cult in any way, but I wonder if at some point Cathy wanted to explore an alternative lifestyle in a more rural setting.

    Lester Everett claimed to drop Cathy off in either Mars Hill or Smyrna…I only wish this could be verified by a reliable source. He later said that he returned to various places to try locating Cathy but with no luck.
    I will keep digging because I’m determined to uncover the truth.

  12. Melinda March 27, 2015 / 6:34 pm

    About the Kimberly Moreau case, I believe there are at least two possible suspects…Kim’s father has his eye on one particular individual but I think there is another guy who should be looked at closely, a guy named Brian Enman who was supposedly one of the last people to be seen with her.

    Kim’s boyfriend Mike Staples was ruled out as a suspect despite the fact that they had broken up the night she disappeared.
    Crazy to think that Kim would be 46 years old today and Cathy would be almost 60.

  13. Melinda April 17, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    *Update…sorry to seem so obsessive about this particular case, but I wanted to share some sad news about Cathy’s family.
    Her father passed away a few months ago without ever finding out what happened to Cathy. 😦

    • Jim_M September 26, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      I am not sure if anyone is still following this blog. If you are, there is a “thread”, about Cathy’s case, on the Websleuths web site.

      http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?40188-ME-Cathy-Moulton-16-Portland-24-Sept-1971

      It truly is sad about Cathy’s father. Perhaps, if his daughter is deceased, he met up with her in the after-life. If you happen to believe in that. Or, just maybe, she wasn’t there. If she is actually still here on Earth.

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