For 32 years, a father in Jay, Maine has been searching for his daughter.
Dick Moreau, 75, says he won’t rest until he puts his daughter Kimberly to rest and gives her a proper burial.
“We all accept that she’s gone, we just can’t accept that somebody threw her out in the middle of nowhere without caring,” he said.
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Kimberly was last seen on Main Street in Jay with an acquaintance named Brian Enman. The teenager had told her family she was going out for a ride with friends and was seen getting into his car. In 2015, Maine State Police conducted a search on Enman’s property in Canton. Lt. Mark Holmquist will not say if any new evidence was found. Enman has not been named as a suspect.
“This is still very much an active and open case,” said Lt. Holmquist. “Out of all of our unsolved homicide and missing person cases, this particular case receives a lot of tips.”
He credits Dick Moreau’s “tenacity and persistence” with keeping the public interest in Kimberly’s case after all these years.
Moreau has personally put up thousands of missing person posters in the Jay area and conducted countless searches. He admits every May 10th, the anniversary of Kimberly’s disappearance, is a difficult day.
“Another year, another year I’m older,” he said. “Sometimes there are doubts. A lot of hurt. It never gets easier. It gets harder, if anything.”
Adding to his pain this year is the recent death of his second wife.
But there are some things giving Moreau hope. Since Maine’s Cold Case Unit was established in 2015, there have been big breaks in cases even older than Kimberly’s: a murder conviction 37 years after Joyce McClain’s death, and an arrest 38 years after infant Nathan Hagar died.
“The cold case squad is more than capable of seeing these things through,” said Moreau.
He said he wishes he had more communication with police, and he wants to know that the officers dedicated to cold cases aren’t being assigned to other work.
While Lt. Holmquist won’t discuss developments in the investigation, Moreau says he is aware of progress in the case and believes closure is around the corner.
“I think it will happen in the next year,” he said. “Then I’ll have two things to do. Bury my daughter, then take down every [missing person] poster there is. And that will be a joyous day.”