Three Arrests Made In 6 Year Old Maine Arson & Homicide Case
The Maine State Police have announced they have made a trio of arrests in an arson, robbery, and homicide case that dates back to October of 2017.
According to a press release from the Maine Department of Public Safety, on the morning of Saturday, October 28th of 2017, authorities responded to a structure fire in the Maine town of Whitneyville.
Once the fire was under control, authorities discovered the body of a middle aged man. An autopsy later confirmed that it was the body of the homeowner, 48 year old Wayne Foss. The autopsy also confirmed that the manner of death was homicide.
The press release goes on to say:
Despite an extensive investigation, the case remained unsolved. Like all unsolved homicide cases, it remained an active investigation and detectives vigorously pursued every lead in the case over the next six years. Last week that diligence culminated with three people being indicted by a Washington County Grand Jury.
At about 4 PM on Thursday, September 21st, Major Crimes Unit North Detectives with assistance from the Maine State Police Tactical Team, Yarmouth Police Department, and Saco Police Department apprehended 33 year old Justin Matthews. He was arrested on a warrant for Murder, Felony Murder, Arson, and Robbery.
At about 5 AM this morning (September 27th), authorities arrested 27 year old Leanza Boney at an apartment in Staten Island, New York City. Following his arrest, he was taken to a police station in Queens where he will await extradition. He is expected to be charged with Murder, Felony Murder, Arson, and Robbery.
A third suspect, 27 year old Basilio Liranzo, is currently residing at the Maine State Prison. He'll be charged with Felony Murder, Robbery, and Arson.
This case serves as a reminder that we are blessed to live in a state that is home to so many great law enforcement agencies that are completely dedicated to making sure the victims of crimes get justice.