Fugitive in 36-year old Maine murder case behind bars

Detectives from Maine State Police, Augusta (Maine) Police and Seattle Police arrested 63-year old fugitive Gary Sanford Raub yesterday afternoon in the University District. Detectives found him sitting on the sidewalk in the 4500 block of University Way NE. He was arrested without incident. Raub was wanted for murder in connection with a 1976 Augusta, Maine homicide case.

Raub remains in King County Jail pending extradition back to Maine. SPD detectives were glad for the opportunity to assist a fellow police agency in bringing a wanted killer to justice.

NEWS RELEASE from the Maine Department of Public Safety

from Spokesman Steve McCausland – (207) 626-3811

State and Augusta Police say a former Augusta man was arrested in Seattle last night and charged with murder in connection with a 1976 homicide in Augusta.  63 year old Gary Raub, who was known as Gary Wilson in 1976, is charged with the death of 70 year old Blanche Kimball whose body was found inside her State Street home on June 12, 1976. Kimball died from multiple stab wounds and her body was found by Augusta Police after neighbors called to say she had not been seen for several days.

Two detectives from State Police and Augusta Police flew to Seattle yesterday and made the arrest with assistance from Seattle Police.  Raub faces a murder charge here in Maine and is being held as a fugitive from justice in Washington State. His first court appearance will likely be either today or tomorrow in Seattle which will begin extradition proceedings to return him to Maine. 

Both State and Augusta Police have investigated Kimball’s death for the past 36 years and recent DNA work by the State Police Crime Lab on evidence led them to Raub.  Raub knew the victim and at one time had lived at Kimball’s home.  The house was located at 352 State Street, near the Hallowell city line and was torn down several years ago.