Starlette Vining

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Above: Vining, circa 1998

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 1998 from Presque Isle, Maine
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 18, 1959
  • Age: 39 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'6, 100 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, possibly blue eyes.
  • Medical Conditions: Vining was taking medication at the time of her disappearance for unspecified reasons. The medication causes her weight to fluctuate.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Vining was last seen in her hometown of Presque Isle, Maine during October 1998. She suddenly stopped showing up for work without warning and has never been heard from again. She was employed at Smythe's IGA (which closed in 2005) and had been reliable employee up until her disappearance. She never picked up her last paycheck. Vining's relatives reported her missing in 2006. She has a history of moving without warning and being out of touch with her family for years at a time, but has never gone this long without contacting them. She is divorced and has three children.

    In July 2012, George Jaime Sr. was charged with Vining's murder. Jaime, a pawnbroker, was Vining's live-in boyfriend in 1998; a photo of him is posted below this case summary. Witnesses at his trial in the autumn of 2013 testified that Jaime stabbed Vining to death, dismembered her body and incinerated it in his pawnshop furnace. His own son and his son's friend helped him clean up the crime scene. Although Jaime maintained his innocence, he was convicted of intentional and knowing murder in November 2013.

    Vining's body has not been located, but foul play is suspected in her case due to the circumstances involved.

    Jaime
    Above: George Jaime

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Maine State Police
    207-941-4071

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    Source Information
    Maine State Police
    The Doe Network
    The Bangor Daily News

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 18, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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