Fournier Guilty Of Joyce McLain Murder
A judge found Phillip Scott Fournier guilty of murder for the 1980 death of a Millinocket teenager.
It's been, perhaps, one of Maine's most famous cold cases. 16-year-old Joyce McLain disappeared in August of 1980 while out jogging. She was wearing a multi-colored short set and sneakers as she called a goodbye to her mother at around 7:30 in the evening and jogged off, never to be seen alive again. Two days later, McLain's body was found in the woods behind the high school. She was wearing only her sneakers and socks.
Fournier reportedly stole an oil truck that night and ended up in a coma after crashing it into another vehicle. The then-19-year-old was questioned, but never arrested, despite the fact that he allegedly confessed to the killing. In 2016, McLain's body was exhumed and evidence recovered pointed to Fournier. He was arrested and charged with her murder.
WABI-TV reports Judge Anne Murray said today that reasonable guilt could be found from the crash of the oil truck and that, coupled with statements made by Fournier, gave powerful evidence that he did, indeed, kill Joyce McLain. One piece of evidence was Fournier's statement that he didn't have sex with the teen because it was 'that time of the month,' but officials say only someone connected with her murder would have known that. Defense attorneys had argued that there was no physical evidence linking Fournier to the crime.
Today's verdict should bring some closure to McLain's family, 37 years after her death. When asked what she would say to Joyce today, McLain's mother said, 'We made it, girl. We made it."