It’s day 3 of a massive manhunt in St. Francis. The man responsible for shooting and killing a 31-year-old woman Saturday morning is still on the run, and police say he’s considered armed and dangerous. The State Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled 31 year old Amy Theriault’s death a homicide.
It’s all hands on deck in St. Francis as the search continues for 38-year-old Jesse Marquis. According to the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office, Marquis shot and killed his girlfriend 31 year old Amy Theriault Saturday morning at her home on 754 Main Street in St. Francis. The State Medical Examiner’s Office says her death has been ruled as a homicide. She died of a gun shot wound of the chest and multiple stab wounds of the chest and neck. Theriault leaves behind 2 small children.
Allagash Resident Sharon Burgett said, “This is a young girl from St. Francis that grew up here, had kids of her own was trying to do right by herself you know. She was working, making a good living, taking good care of her kids, and it’s a shame to think that somebody could take her life like that.”
Witnesses in the home say they saw 38-year-old Marquis leave the residence and enter the woods behind the house with a rifle. He’s been on the run ever since.
Joe’s County Store owner Joseph Kelly said, “People around are scared, they’re really nervous about what’s going on they don’t know where he is or what he’s doing or what he’s capable of doing and I just hope they find him and take him out.”
Over 40 officers from several different agencies including the Maine Warden Service, Customs and Border Protection, and Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department are assisting in the man hunt. Steve McCausland of the Maine State Police says it’s the most significant state police presence they’ve had in St. Francis in decades.
Maine State Police Lieutenant John Cote said, “Every effort at each day everything that we’ve searched has been downloaded via GPS in kind of a running tally of the areas that we’ve covered, it is very much a process of elimination.”
Sunday included an aerial search. Monday’s ground search focused on an area behind the house.
Maine State Police Lieutenant Christopher Coleman said, “We’re basing our efforts today on some information that we’ve gathered throughout the last few days.”
Maine Warden Service Lieutenant Thomas Ward said, “We have Wardens staggered between State Police and it’s a systematic grid search right now we do have a couple of dog teams searching the area as well.”
State Police is asking for the public’s help in locating Marquis. If you see Marquis or someone matching his description, call the State Police at 207-532-5400 or Aroostook County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-638-8477 . It is strongly recommended that no one approach Marquis because he’s considered armed and dangerous.
State Police also say that the RCMP has been notified of the manhunt. Lieutenant Cote said they have gotten leads in Canada, but it ended up being not related to this active criminal investigation.