2017-04-23 / Front Page

Puzzling York County mystery haunts investigators


LYMAN -- It's been almost 40 years, but investigators believe that someone out there has information that may provide the answers to solving one of the most puzzling mysteries ever in York County.

On the evening of July 7, 1978, Mary Ellen Tanner attended parties in a wooded section of Route 9 in Kennebunk and at the Kennebunk Beach.

Tanner left the Kennebunk Beach gathering in the company of friends and was dropped off at the intersection of Routes 9 and 35 in Kennebunk at about 11:30 p.m. that night.

She told friends that she was going to hitchhike home from that location, but was never seen alive again..

On July 9, 1978, Tanner's lifeless body was discovered in Gracie Evans Airfield in Lyman.

Over the years, several suspects have been interviewed by investigators, but to date, no arrests have been made in the unsolved homicide.

The case remains open and active and State Police are hoping tips may eventually lead to a break in the case.

To report information, contact the Maine State Police, Major Crimes Unit-South, One Game Farm Road, Gray, ME. 04039 or call 1-800-228-0857 (In State) or (207) 657-3030 (Out of State).

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