The central Maine city of Waterville, population 15,000, is reeling from the apparently random murder of a student at Colby College. The Associated Press reports that a stranger walked on to campus September 16, snatched 21-year-old Dawn Rossignol, and killed her. “The whole idea of the ‘Colby bubble’ is being burst,” said Drew McKechnie, a friend of Rossignol and a fellow senior at the liberal arts college.
Edward J. Hackett, a 47-year-old parolee from Utah, was arraigned yesterday on kidnapping and murder charges. Investigators believe Rossignol, a dean’s list student, was abducted while going to her car. Her body was found the day after her disappearance near a small dam a mile from campus. Police have not said how she died. Hackett was tracked down from records of parolees who might be living in the area.