State police say staffing for Maine’s new Unsolved Homicide Unit will be completed in December and not this week as was originally planned.

Maine State Police

State Police Chief Col. Robert Williams said the delay will allow for the appointment of a new lieutenant, who will oversee homicide investigations in central Maine, as well as the unsolved homicide unit.

The unit will consist of two new detectives, a chemist at the Maine State Police crime lab, and an Assistant Attorney General, according to Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland.

Chief Williams also said that work has continued on many open homicide cases in Maine. Two well-known cold cases have been revisited in recent weeks with searches in Canton and Millinocket for evidence in the 1986 disappearance of Kim Moreau in Jay, and the 1980 murder of Joyce McLain in Millinocket.