By Erin Rhoda, Morning Sentinel
Someone is getting away with murder — but family and police hope not for long.
The last time Virginia Hayden, 67, saw her fiance, Everett Cameron, alive was as she walked out their front door a year ago. He was resting in his chair on their porch after a morning of hunting, enjoying the fall scenery.
When she drove back home from town later, she passed the spot where Cameron, 60, was sitting in his truck, parked several hundred yards off of Town Farm Road, overlooking a field. He often went to the place near their house to think or to watch the deer, she said.
When he didn't come home, and she couldn't reach him on his cell phone by late afternoon, she drove down to check on him. He had been shot to death.
Although she won't speak about details, as the investigation continues, she said, "It was a horrible scene."
"You never know from day to day what's going to go on in your life and how it can change ... in just a few minutes," she said. "I have my faith, and I just have my family and try to keep going day to day, but it's really hard to think about sometimes. You just have to keep going."
Cameron's murder was exactly one year ago, on Oct. 31, 2009. Since then, police have made no arrests in the case, which the Maine Attorney General labeled a homicide.
Maine State Police continue to investigate, with the lead detective "working around the clock every day," said Lt. Gary Wright, who is commanding officer of the Criminal Investigation Division's Unit II.
The one-year anniversary of a homicide, Wright said, is an "important time in the investigation" as it brings back memories for family and community members that can help catch the killer.
"The only thing I can say is it is a very active and ongoing investigation," he said.
Family members continue to mourn Cameron's death. Debbie Terpstra, of New Vineyard, Cameron's daughter-in-law, said she hopes community members will contact police with information.
"It could be their family, their mother, their father. We have a killer in our community," she said.
She said she feels as if her father-in-law can't yet rest in peace. "The soul can't quite rest when whoever murdered them isn't brought to justice," she said. "We have no closure still."
Terpstra and Hayden agreed that Cameron's death was connected to the sale of prescription medication. Cameron had suffered from lymphoma for several years before he was killed and still had some painkillers.
"It's terrible to think someone would take a life over a few pills," Terpstra said.
They described Cameron as a kind, giving man who enjoyed hunting, fishing and NASCAR racing — he was a fan particularly of Dale Earnhardt.
He built ice fishing traps by hand. He constructed an end table, a stand and a hamper, which he gave to Hayden. He made toy boxes for his three grandchildren, each decorated with their name. In addition to three grandchildren, he had three children.
For fun, Cameron and Hayden went camping. His favorite camping spot was Cathedral Pines Campground in Eustis. His favorite color was blue, and he had a soft spot for Hayden's cooking, particularly her coconut cream pies and whoopie pies.
He loved his pit bull, Sadie, who rode with him wherever he went, whether it was plowing or a quick trip to the store, Terpstra said.
He most recently had been employed as a paving crew foreman for Bruce A. Manzer Inc. He lived all his life in Anson.
Today, family members will visit his grave at Sunset Cemetery in North Anson. Richard Terpstra, Cameron's son, will leave a solar light.
Hayden said she keeps a lit electric candle in her porch window, near where Cameron used to sit. She lives alone now, except for the dog Sadie, who she said still listens for the sound of Cameron's truck approaching.
To Cameron, she says, "God has you in his keeping; we have you in our hearts."