Man arrested in connection with 34-year-old murder of Waterville woman

A man has been charged with murder in the three-decade-old killing of Janet Brochu of Waterville, police said Friday.

Janet Brochu is seen in an undated archived photo. Morning Sentinel file

The arrest of Gerald Goodale, 61, in connection with the 1987 cold case, came after unspecified new evidence was uncovered and presented to a grand jury, Maine State Police said in a news release.

Brochu, who was 20 at the time, was out with friends on Christmas Eve in Waterville when she separated from the group and disappeared, police said. Two months later, in March 1988, her body was found in the Sebasticook River in Pittsfield.

A Somerset County grand jury on Thursday indicted Goodale, who is currently an inmate at the Maine State Prison in Warren serving a sentence for the 1988 murder of Geraldine Finn. Maine State Police Detectives met with Goodale on Friday to inform him of the charges in the Brochu case.

“This case represents years of combined work by state, local and county investigators, prosecutors and skilled scientists who never relented in their pursuit of the truth and for justice for this victim, her family, and friends,” Maine State Police Col. John Cote said in a statement.

This story will be updated. 

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