Police still searching for clues in 48-year-old murder of Judith Hand

For Farmington Chief Richard Caton III and Franklin County Sheriff Dennis Pike, the unsolved murder of a 15-year-old Farmington girl killed in 1971 nags at them. Photo courtesy of Maine State Police Judith Hand disappeared after school while walking to a babysitting job Sept. 10, 1971. She was last seen leaving her home at 2:50 p.m. and was reported missing later that evening. They found her badly decomposed body 13 days later in a sawdust pile.

She lived with her parents and siblings on Middle Street in Farmington and attended Mt. Blue Junior High.

Caton read the file as a detective and followed up on tips. The case passed to a state police detective he still talks to.

Pike calls Hand’s case the biggest disappointment of his career.

“I had great hopes we would have (the slayings of Hand and of Butch Weed, who was killed in his Wilton home Dec. 23, 2003) resolved before my career was over or before I moved on. I still have hopes, but certainly the Hand case is so ancient now that unless someone probably confessed on their death bed – if they’re even still alive – tragically (it) will go unresolved,” Pike said in 2007.

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