Item 74603 - Cote murder case, Gorham, 1924

Item 74603 - Cote murder case, Gorham, 1924
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Item 74603
Cote murder case, Gorham, 1924
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Investigators dig on the 35 acre Cote farm in North Gorham searching for the body of William Sanborn. Sandborn was the first husband of Lottie Cote. He went missing on June 20 1910, leaving behind Lottie and their three children Roland, Ralph and Susie. Lottie told police that he had forged her name on notes that were due, and ran away fearing the consequences. Sandborn left behind his best clothes and favorite pipe he was rarely seen without. It was assumed that Sandborn fled to Canada.

14 years later in 1924 Lottie's second husband Alphonso Cote was murdered. This murder along with a series of other disappearances on the farm property (including two hired workers who went missing in the middle of the night) called for further investigation of William Sandborn's disappearance.

Sandborn's body was never found.

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