HOULTON, Maine (AP) — A jury has convicted a 76-year-old northern Maine man in the death of his girlfriend who went missing 15 years ago and whose body has never been found.


Jurors in Aroostook County Superior Court Friday night found George Jaime Sr., of Presque Isle, guilty of the murder of Starlett "Star" Vining.

Prosecutors say he beat and stabbed Vining until she died. The defense argued there's no evidence of that because Vining's body was never found.

Jaime's former daughter-in-law testified that she heard her husband and a friend describe how Jaime had dismembered and burned the body parts in a furnace before disposing of the ashes.

Police say 38-year-old Vining was working at a grocery store in Presque Isle when she simply stopped coming to work in October 1998.

Jaime has been held without bail since his arrest in July 2012 at The Star City Trading Post, the pawnshop he operated on Presque Isle's Main Street.

Information in this article is from WAGM-TV