WATERVILLE – The mysterious disappearance of a Winslow woman just before Christmas in 1987 turned into a nightmare for her family when her body was discovered months later in Pittsfield.
Twenty-year-old Janet Brochu wasn’t old enough to drink when she arrived at the now-closed T. Woody’s Restaurant and Bar, so they asked her to leave.
The drinking establishment was located on the lower, riverside level of Waterville’s downtown concourse.
A local newspaper reported Brochu had been out drinking and bowling with friends earlier in the night and the group met two men who joined them at T. Woody’s.
When asked to leave by bar staff, one of the men walked her outside.
The newspaper reported the man returned to the bar to get Brochu’s purse and informed her friends that he was giving her a ride home.
He later told investigators that when he got back to the parking lot, she was getting sick and he refused to give her a ride.
That apparently was the last time any of her friends saw her alive. They left the bar about 45 minutes afterward and she was gone.
Three months later, on March 18, 1988, her nude and decomposing body was found in the dam at Douglas Pond, part of the Sebasticook River in Pittsfield.
Brochu was a diabetic and worked as a dietary assistant in Waterville at MaineGeneral Medical Center’s Seton campus at the time of her death.
Anyone with information about the unsolved homicide of Brochu can call the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit-Central at 624-7143.