By Nok-Noi Ricker

Bangor Daily News

BANGOR — Police found weapons when
they raided the apartment of the man they arrested on Tuesday in the
slaying of a 19-year-old woman from Old Town, but investigators
would not say whether they believe the murder weapon was recovered.

Police confirmed on Wednesday that
Colin Koehler and homicide victim Holly Boutilier were acquaintances.

Police took Koehler, 34, into custody
just after 5 p.m. Tuesday after members of the Bangor Police
Department’s Special Response Team used tear gas to force him from
his bottom floor apartment at 92 Columbia St. Koehler had barricaded
himself inside.

“Holly and Colin did know each
other,” Detective Sgt. Paul Kenison said Wednesday afternoon. “This
is not a random act.”

Koehler, who has a MySpace page that
states he is a martial arts hobbyist, has posted a video of himself
displaying his skills with a sword.

“A number of weapons were seized from
the home,” Assistant Attorney General Andrew Benson said on
Wednesday.

Benson would not say what types of
weapons were removed or whether there were any firearms or other
evidence related to the murder case.

“I really don’t want to go into that,”
he said.

Boutilier was found dead on Sunday in a
shack hidden among trees along the Penobscot River between where
Dutton Street ends and the Veterans’ Remembrance Bridge. She was
last seen alive walking in downtown Bangor on Saturday.

An autopsy performed by the State
Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday indicates she was a victim of
homicide, but the cause of death has not been released.

Benson said more would be revealed
today when Koehler makes his first appearance in 3rd District Court
in Bangor. After his arrest, he was taken to Penobscot County Jail
and is scheduled to be in court at 8 a.m.

The affidavit was sealed until court.
Benson said he has no problem with it being unsealed, but that
decision is up to the judge.


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