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Maine police arrest man for 1980 murder after he confessed to his mother

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MAINE – Nearly 36 years after 16-year-old Joyce McLain went jogging and never returned, a man has been arrested for her murder.

According to WABI, McLain went for a run and her body was found 2 days later back in 1980.

Although the man arrested, Philip Scott Fournier, was always a person of interest, police never had enough concrete evidence to tie him to the case because he was always changing his story.

An affidavit says Fournier was questioned 26 times since 1980, but just recently it was discovered that he confessed to his mother what he had done.

She came forward and told police he said  “I am sorry momma.  I did it. I killed Joyce McLain” She said that he then started crying and said “I didn’t mean to.”

Police are happy that with a confession, McLain’s mother can finally have some closure about her daughter’s death.

“She has been living a nightmare for the past 35 and a half years, as have many people in that Millinocket region.  I think you are going to find there’s relief in the community that this has finally come to a conclusion and people can finally move on with their lives,” said Maine State Patrol Colonel Robert Williams.

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