UPDATE: 14-year-old Mt. Vernon homicide victim identified

14-year old Brooke McLaughliin attended Maranacook Middle School
Published: Jul. 21, 2022 at 11:54 AM EDT
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MT. VERNON, Maine (WABI) - The 14-year-old homicide victim from Mt. Vernon has been identified.

Seventh grader Brooke McLaughlin attended Maranacook Middle School.

Monday evening, just after six, McLaughling’s mother returned to her Blackberry Road home to find her 14-year-old daughter dead and the family car missing from the driveway.

Maine State Police evidence technicians and detectives processed the scene and conducted interviews Monday night into Tuesday. On Tuesday morning police did discover that missing car, a red Chevy Impala in the town of Wayne. Detectives want to talk to anyone who may have seen that car Monday night or Tuesday morning.

The school superintendent for RSU 38 sent a letter out to parents on Thursday.

Letter from RSU 38 Superintendent Jay Charette identifies the homicide victim found in Mt...
Letter from RSU 38 Superintendent Jay Charette identifies the homicide victim found in Mt Vernon Monday as 14-year-old Brooke McLaughlin(RSU 38)
Police are also looking for information regarding a vehicle taken from the home Monday afternoon
Police are also looking for information regarding a vehicle taken from the home Monday afternoon(WABI)

“It’s devastating,” says Jay Charette, superintendent of schools. “I can’t even imagine what they’re going through, and we shouldn’t even pretend to understand what that feels like, because I have three children of my own and I can’t even image what this is like for them.”

Charette says counseling is being arranged to provide support for staff, students and family.

Police have not named a suspect or a motive and McLaughlin’s cause of death has not been released.

Police are also looking for information regarding a vehicle taken from the home Monday afternoon

The red 2010 Chevy Impala with a Maine support wildlife registration plate of 510 AVW was located in Wayne, Maine, but detectives would like to talk with anyone who may have seen the car Monday night or Tuesday morning.

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