HOPE (AP) – Maine state police and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department were investigating an apparent homicide Wednesday as authorities said a Hope man had been charged with murder.

Investigators were collecting evidence at two sites in Hope, including a property with a Cape-style home on Pearse Road. They identified the man who was arrested as 23-year-old Steven Pomeroy.

The victim was tentatively identified as 22-year-old Jessica Nichols of Waldoboro.

An autopsy was scheduled Thursday and Pomeroy was slated to make an initial court appearance Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in Knox County Superior Court.

AP-ES-07-02-08 1851EDT

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