Real Name: Joyce McLain
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: East Millinocket, Maine
Date: August 8, 1980
Details: Sixteen-year-old Joyce McLain was a popular and well-liked high school student to her friends and family in East Millinocket, Maine. She was a skilled musician who played in the orchestra and composed her own music. She was also an honors student, a cheerleader, and part of the student body. She planned on going to college after graduating high school.
At 7:30 pm on Friday, August 8, 1980, Joyce went jogging behind her high school; she went behind the soccer fields and was never seen again. Two days later, she was found beaten to death in the woods behind her school. Her death came as a great shock to the community.
Several theories have came up in the case, but no one has ever been identified as a suspect. As the years pass on, the community of East Millinocket refuses to let Joyce's murder be forgotten. On the eight year anniversary of her death, a candlelight memorial service was held.
Suspects: A detective who worked the case stated that he was certain he knew who killed Joyce McLain, but he also stated that he believed that the person responsible for her death is no longer in the position to harm anyone else in the general public.
Several theories have came up as to who might have murdered Joyce. On the night she vanished, a softball tournament was in town and several teenagers were partying around the area that she went jogging. One theory is that she was harassed by locals who later took her to the field where she was found, attempted to rape her, and ended up beating and killing her. Another theory was that she was murdered by workers at a local paper mill. However, no suspects were named.
Extra Notes: This segment originally aired on the February 15, 1989 episode of Unsolved Mysteries. Joyce's friends and family signed a petition to help get her story onto Unsolved Mysteries.
Results: Solved. For years, Pam McLain had tried to have her daughter's body exhumed in order to find new evidence. Finally, in 2008, Joyce's body was exhumed for a second autopsy and new evidence was uncovered. In 2009, her gravesite was vandalized repeatedly by unknown assailants. It is unknown if it has any relation to Joyce's murder.
After the case was re-opened, new evidence was found and new witnesses came forward that implicated Phillip Scott Fournier in the case; in March 2016, he was arrested and charged with Joyce's murder. Fournier had been considered a person of interest in the case for years. On the night of Joyce's murder, Fournier, who was nineteen at the time, stole an oil truck and crashed it just a few blocks from where Joyce was killed. Several witnesses, including Fournier's mother, stepfather, and priest, all stated that Fournier confessed to killing Joyce or being involved in her murder. He also had confessed to the crime to investigators during several different interrogations throughout the years.
Fournier had several previous convictions on charges of possession of child pornography, burglary, and theft. He has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and will soon stand trial.