Valerie and Michael Miller Mysteriously Murdered in Northern Maine
Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 2:50 pm
|Police are looking for a woman seen leaving this home around the time couple was murdered|
|Valerie and Michael Miller are said to be the kind of people who'd help anyone|
Michael is described as jovial, friendly, and generous -- a man always willing to lend money to a friend in need. Valerie is described much the same way, leaving the townsfolk in disbelief over why they would be killed.
Police are looking into a number of leads, the most pressing of which seems to be an unidentified middle-aged woman seen leaving the trailer at the time of the murder. She's described as white, with a ponytail and glasses.
But there's also the possibility that someone believe the Miller home was ripe for robbery. Though accounts are conflicting, one neighbor says that Miller operated something akin to an informal pawn shop. People would give him guns and other items in exchange for loans, "then they'd come pay him and he'd give them back," neighbor Terrance Mulligan told the Associated Press.
|A police sketch of the woman seen leaving the home at the time of the murders|
Valerie was a homemaker. Micheal was a seasonal millworker laid off every fall. The couple previously filed for bankruptcy and were behind on their taxes. So any money they kept likely wasn't substantial.
But Valerie's brother Kevin White also says they had trouble with two younger men, one of whom is supposedly a sex-offender. "I don't know if it was robbery or what," White told the Bangor Daily News. "Everybody knew Valerie and Mike had money, but that they would help anybody, so I can't understand why anybody would rob them. All they had to do was ask Mike for help and he would help them."