Man arrested in 1980 murder of high school student

Police said Friday they have made an arrest in the 35-year-old unsolved murder of high school student Joyce McLain.

Philip Scott Fournier, 55, of East Millinocket, was charged with murder, police said. Fournier had been considered a person of interest in the murder for many years and was questioned several times after McLain’s death, WGME-TV reported.

Fournier, who was 19 at the time of the killing, was booked into Penobscot County Jail at 1 p.m. McLain was 16-year-old at the time of her death. She was last seen on the night of Aug. 8, 1980 while she was out for a jog. Two days later, she was found in a clearing near Schenck High School in Millinocket. Her head and neck had been struck by a blunt object, according to WGME-TV.

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