The Murder of Amy St Laurent

Amy Elizabeth St Laurent was born on March 12, 1976 in Exeter, NH to parents Diane Elaine Simpson and Dennis James St Laurent.

Amy graduated from South Portland High in 1994 and went to work for Pratt and Whitney, an aviation company in South Berwick, ME, as a Secretary/Technician where she worked for 5 years.

At 25 years old, Amy lived alone with her cat, Alex, in South Berwick, ME. She had moved there to be closer to work. She maintained close ties with her divorced parents and her sister, Julie.

Amy had met a guy, Eric Rubright, 3 weeks earlier in Florida through a mutual friend, and he came to Maine to visit her. They spent the day in Boston, visited the MFA and had dinner before returning to Maine. Once in Maine, they played pool and stopped a pizza place before going to a dance club called the Pavilion. Amy had recently left a long term relationship recently and had been out and about meeting people. She wasn’t romantically interested in Rubright, which might have been what led to the some of the awkwardness of their date, with Amy dancing and playing pool with other men while out with him.

The friend lost track of her when she was hanging around with 2 men, she apparently left the club with them, and he could not locate her though her coat, wallet and cell phone were in the car still. His convoluted story led him to be a suspect for a time, however he had been drinking and ditched by a friend that he flew across the country to see and whom he was staying with. He was also in possession of her purse, jacket and cell phone. I don’t fault the police for going down that rabbit hole thoroughly.

Amy’s last reported sighting was between 2-2:30 am the morning of October 21, 2001 . She was in the company of 21 year old Jeffrey Russell Gorham and his roommate. Reportedly, Gorham had invited her back to his place – which really the place where he was couch surfing for the last 2 weeks, with the idea that they were going to have a Birthday party for the roommate just after 1 am, however no one else besides his roommates ever showed up for the party so she asked to be brought back to the bar to search for Rubright.

Gorman reported that he had dropped her off at the Pavilion just before 2 am. He claimed that after dropping her off at the club, he returned home where he stayed for the night. That said, Gorham was pulled over by Westbrook police at 3:14 am and he was alone in the car at the time. He was released by them at 3:22 am.

Gorham had been living in Florida for only 18 months but he was already in probation in Maine for theft of some stereo equipment at a car dealership that he used to work for. Gorham previously lived in Troy, AL and Delray Beach, FL. Gorham had an extensive juvenile criminal record. Gorham worked as a car detailer and the morning after Amy went missing, he brought his car to work to detail. He said it was because he had a date.

Amy was missing for 2 months. By Monday morning, her parents and her sister were looking for her. After vetting Eric with a polygraph and searching the car, the police already had another suspect in mind, Jeffrey Russell Gorham, but they had no proof and no body. Her family was trying to hold out hope that she was alive however she had not gone to work or been in contact with her family.

Amy’s body was found less than 3/10’s of a mile from Gorham’s mother’s house. She was buried in a shallow grave and she was still wearing the clothes that she had been wearing when she went missing. She had a date rape drug, gbh, in her system and she had been beaten, cause of death officially was a gun shot wound to the head.

https://www.seacoastonline.com/story/news/2001/12/11/body-s-identity-confirmed/51297195007/

https://www1.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/mdoc/search-and-deposit/detail.pl?mdoc_number1=046863/Search

https://law.justia.com/cases/maine/supreme-court/2004/04me90go.html

https://www.amystlaurentfoundation.org/amys-story

https://www.sunjournal.com/2003/07/01/killer-gets-60-years/

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75552076/amy-elizabeth-st_laurent

https://www.darkdowneast.com/episodes/amystlaurent

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