Detectives are still tracking down leads and following up on tips.

ST. AGATHA (AP) – Hundreds of friends, family, faculty and students gathered Monday for the funeral of a Colby College senior found slain last week near the liberal arts campus in Waterville.

The funeral Mass was for as detectives arrested a man a man in the death of Dawn Rossignol, 21, of Medway.

Rossignol’s body was discovered near Messalonskee Stream in Oakland on Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing.

On Monday, her faculty adviser was joined by Colby President William Adams, Dean of Students Janice A. Kassman and a dozen students and family in mourning Rossignol’s loss in St. Agatha, where she was born.

“She touched a lot of people’s lives and a lot of people were there,” Russell Johnson, Rossignol’s faculty adviser, said after the funeral.

He described Rossignol, who majored in biology, as a model student who planned to pursue a career in pharmacology.

“She was just a student we felt fortunate to have had at Colby. It’s a loss we feel very deeply,” Johnson said.

At Colby, Rossignol was a dean’s list student, an L.L. Bean Scholar and a member of the Colby Christian Fellowship.

In Waterville, Lorimer Chapel was open for quiet prayer and meditation as Rossignol’s funeral was held in northern Maine. On Friday morning, a memorial service will be held near her hometown at St. Peter’s Church in East Millinocket.

Rossignol was reported missing when she failed to show up for a doctor’s appointment in Bangor. Her car was parked 300 yards away, and police say she was abducted after leaving her dormitory.

Senior administrators met this weekend to discuss how to beef up security, said Steven Collins, Colby spokesman.

A team of local and state police detectives continued tracking down leads and following up on tips on Monday, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

WCSH-TV reported that police arrested a man on a parole violaton and were questioning him in connection with Rossignol’s death.

Maine State Police confirmed thay were holding Edward J. Hackett, 47, for parole violation. Hackett, arrested at his parents’ home in Vassalboro, was released on parole from a Utah prison after being convicted in 1994 of kidnapping and robbery.

But in a prepared statement, McCausland said that no one has been charged or arrested in connection with the Rossignol’s death.

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