BANGOR – The city is the location of two decades-old unsolved cold case mysteries that involve three murdered or missing people, all connected to Sept.13.
Two men who left Worcester, Massachusetts on Sept. 13, 1982 heading north to collect a debt disappeared, and their vehicle was found in Bangor.
On the same date in 1984, a mortally wounded Houlton-area woman was dropped off at an emergency room in Bangor.
She died an hour later and police continue to search for the man who drove her to the hospital.
More than 35 years have passed, but family members of Beverly Polchies continue to search for answers.
“We feel like, like the ball was dropped and there could have been more done to figure out what happened and that it just wasn’t,” said Jae Polchies, niece of homicide victim Beverly Polchies.
She was only nine days old when her aunt died, but her family kept her memory alive.
“She was a good person, she was,” Jae Polchies recalls them telling her.
Beverly Polchies was a 25-year-old mother and member of the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians who lived in nearby Woodstock, New Brunswick.
Old Town police initially picked her up for being intoxicated and took her to Indian Island. That evening, an Indian Island police officer dropped her off along Route 2 in Milford so she could hitchhike home.
Police said it was just over an hour later when a slender white man, driving a white car, pulled into the entrance of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s emergency room. The driver told hospital staff Polchies had been hit by a car, then he took off.
The medical examiner determined it was a homicide, but has never released the cause of her death. Only the killer knows how she died.
Law enforcement continue to search for the driver, who would be in his 60s or 70s if he still lives.
Two years earlier, John Joyce, 33, and William Garlick, 27, left their Massachusetts home driving a 1980 black Corvette. According to police, they were on their way to Alton to collect a $22,000 debt.
The sports car was found at the Bangor Mall the following day with its ignition removed and the inside of the car torn apart. Garlick’s wallet was on the front seat. The men have never been seen again.
“Maybe somebody somewhere after all this time will see it and if they know something, will say something,” Polchies said.
Folks can call the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit North at 973-3750 if they have information about either of these Maine mysteries.