BANGOR – There is a double murder mystery in Waterville that took place in 1991 and remains unsolved.
Waterville Police responded to a house explosion 28 years ago and later found two bodies inside. Their deaths were ruled homicides by arson and who killed them is still unknown.
Lorna Brackett, 25, and Vincent White, 46, were last seen drinking at the now-closed U.S.A. Lounge on Main Street in Fairfield, according to Maine State Police. That was on Sunday, Nov. 17, 1991.
Witnesses told investigators they saw the couple leave at around 11 p.m.
A few hours later, at 3:15 a.m., a neighbor called Waterville police complaining about loud voices and fireworks at 7 Reservoir St., a home owned by White.
Police officers responded but found the house quiet.
However, they returned two hours later after neighbors called again saying there was a loud explosion and the house was on fire.
The bodies of White, a local contractor, and Brackett, who was recently divorced, were found in the rubble.
Fire investigators determined the deadly blaze was intentionally set and the medical examiner determined that Brackett and White both died of smoke inhalation.
Police detectives at the time theorized that White was killed by people involved in the drug trade who feared he was cooperating with police. He had been arrested in April 1991 for possession of cocaine, and was under investigation for drug trafficking by the former Bureau of Intergovernmental Drug Enforcement when the fire broke out.
Brackett was survived by two children. White is buried at his family’s plot in the Saint Francis Catholic Cemetery in Waterville.
Anyone with information about the deaths of Brackett or White can call the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit Central at 624-7143.