WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mike Michaud is working with Attorney General Janet Mills to help secure federal funding for efforts to launch a homicide squad dedicating to investigating and solving the more than 100 cold cases in Maine. Michaud has long-supported state legislation introduced by Rep. Stephen Stanley (D-Medway) that would establish a unit equipped to investigate cold cases. The legislation was inspired by the 1980 murder of an East Millinocket teenage girl.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice announced it was accepting applications for a new grant that would make available up to $300,000 in federal funding for a variety of activities that would support the cold case unit, including DNA and forensic biology; forensic crime scene analysis and anthropology; finger printing; shoeprint and tire tread examination; review of questioned documents; trace evidence; and forensic toxicology. The grant also could provide funding for the unit's staff.
"The establishment of a cold case unit is something I'm proud to support, and obviously the case that inspired this legislation hits close to home for me," said Michaud. "I've spoken with the Attorney General, and we believe this is a unique grant opportunity. If the state of Maine submits an application, I will do everything in my power to advocate for this funding. No one who is murdered or missing deserves to be forgotten by the passage of time -- bringing closure to cases is important for surviving family members, and it's how our justice system is meant to operate. I'm optimistic that securing this funding would allow us to undertake this important work."