Following the evidence: How Maine investigates crimes

When we started the Maine Focus projects, we knew we wanted our work to extend beyond more traditional reporting. Our work needed to include longer-form, explanatory pieces as well. We feel these stories not only help educate the community about the three Maine Focus issues but can help identify tangible solutions as well.

Reporter Nok-Noi Ricker set off to Augusta in May to uncover the ins and outs of the crime scene investigation process in Maine.

What she discovered was a state department that effectively works with local agencies using a combination of “old school” detective techniques and edge-cutting technology to solve major crimes. However, the process is not without its challenges, which can include keeping up with the latest techniques and technology that was virtually nonexistent just a few years ago.

We hope that by identifying some of the concerns these departments face, key players at the local and state level will look into solutions to further the work investigators are doing.

Follow the evidence and find out what agencies played a major role in not just the recent case involving 15-year-old Nichole Cable, but others as well:


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