LEWISTON, Maine — Maine State Police may have found the body of a woman missing since 1983 after family members of her former boyfriend discovered a woman’s remains in a storage unit Friday afternoon.
The remains are believed to be those of Kitty I. Wardwell, who
disappeared in July of 1983 and was reported missing by her on-again,
off-again boyfriend Frank Julian on July 11, 1983, according to the Maine State Police missing persons website.
“Yesterday afternoon, relatives of a Lewiston man were cleaning out
his storage locker and found a woman’s body inside a freezer,”
McCausland said. “The rental unit was rented by Francis “Frank” Julian,
80, who died Oct. 1.”
“Remains have been found, but we don’t know whose body this is
definitively at this time,” said Stephen McCausland, Maine Department of
Public Safety spokesman. “We have put both families in the loop about
the discovery and we have interviewed a number of members of both
families, but the final determination will be made by the medical
The storage locker where the body was found is at Moore Self-Storage
on North Lisbon Street. The freezer containing the body did not have any
power running to it.
“I’m not getting into anything about the condition of the body,” said
McCausland. “[Julian] had been renting that storage unit since 1992.”
Julian reported Wardwell missing July 11, 1983, telling Salem, N.H.,
police that he dropped the 29-year-old woman off at the El Rancho Motel
in Salem after a fight and then traveled back to Maine without her.
Marla Collins, Kitty Wardwell’s sister, reported her missing to the
Maine State Police on Nov. 23, 1983.
A subsequent investigation indicated Wardwell was likely a victim of foul play in Maine.
I'm sure I'm not the only person to have wondered whether the theory that Madeleine was temporarily placed in a freezer was plausible. This case proves that such things do happen.
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