October 28, 2021

Aroostook County police seek clues in missing woman case

ALLAGASH – Maine State Police were checking out many possibilities Thursday in their continuing investigation of a suspicious 911 call made by a woman from a private residence Tuesday night.

The call launched a search for a female who told emergency personnel that she feared for her life during a 911 call before the line went dead.

There was no woman at the house at 141 Inn Road when police arrived. No woman had been found by Thursday afternoon.

Collen Nadeau, the man who lived in the house from which the call originated, was arrested Tuesday night on firearms and drug charges.

Nadeau was arraigned Thursday afternoon in District Court at Houlton. He was remanded to the Aroostook County Jail in lieu of $15,000 surety or $2,000 cash bail.

“I think he is going to kill me. Could you please get over here. Oh my God, Collen don’t,” the woman said before the line went dead.

Police found the telephone line to the home had been cut when they arrived at the scene. The severed telephone line was outside the home.

A red substance was found on the porch of the home and on the snow off the porch. The substance, which police believe is not blood, is being analyzed.

Sgt. David McPherson of the Maine State Police said Thursday that they are still looking for public assistance to identify the woman and verify her well-being.

McPherson was asked whether there was any substance to a report that the call may have been made to set up the arrest of Nadeau, and that there was no missing woman.

“We’re looking at all possibilities,” he said. “Everything’s on the table.

“We are following up on leads,” he said. “We still have not brought the CID [Criminal Investigation Division of the Maine State Police] into the case at this point.”

He said they had some leads on the missing woman. He felt the investigation was moving forward.

“We are talking to some people and we feel we are getting ahead,” he said. “These kinds of things get very complicated.”

He said some good information has come in to police.

Officers who were at Nadeau’s home Tuesday night called the scene suspicious.

Collen Nadeau, 52, was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, cultivation of marijuana and possession of cocaine.

Nadeau, who has a long criminal record, has not cooperated with police, and denied knowledge of a woman being at his home Tuesday night.

Police have talked to Caroline Nadeau and don’t believe she was involved. The couple filed for divorce in 2004, and the petition is pending in 1st District Court at Fort Kent.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said Nadeau was found to be in possession of a “significant amount of cocaine” and less than 10 marijuana plants.

McPherson said Nadeau was also in possession of one rifle.

Nadeau was a logger until he was injured in the woods in 1987 and again in 1988.

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