Convicted Rapist in Maine Charged with Murder of Freeport Woman Found Near Home Depot

A police handout of Gary Mariner.

Gary Mariner, a 65-year-old convicted rapist from Maine, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Danielle Goodwin, 52, whose body was discovered near a Home Depot in South Portland in September. The Maine State Police Department apprehended Mariner on November 2, following an extensive investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies.

Goodwin’s body was found on September 5 in an embankment beside Clark’s Pond Parkway, near the hardware store. The Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta ruled her death a homicide, although the specific cause of death remains undisclosed.

Investigators from the Maine State Police, along with the Portland, South Portland, Saco Police Departments, and the ATF, conducted numerous interviews, gathered video evidence, and executed search warrants across the greater Portland area during the investigation. Evidence obtained from these search warrants led to Mariner’s arrest.

Mariner, a resident of West Newfield, has a criminal history that includes a 2015 charge of gross sexual assault while impersonating a police officer. Court records reveal that Mariner, using his deceased father’s police badge, coerced a sex worker into performing a sex act under the pretense of being an undercover officer in a prostitution unit. He received a 12-year prison sentence with all but four years suspended. Mariner is listed as a lifetime registrant on the Maine Sex Offender Registry.

At his initial court appearance on Monday, it was decided that Mariner would be held without bail. The case has drawn considerable attention, not only due to its nature but also because of Goodwin’s significant role in the community as a drugs and alcohol recovery counselor. Friends and acquaintances remember her as a brave and influential figure in their journey to sobriety.

Stephanie Doyle, a close friend of Goodwin, expressed admiration for her strength and bravery. Zoe Campbell credited Goodwin with playing a crucial role in her life during a challenging period. Kris Dow, who knew Goodwin from a treatment center where she worked as a recovery coach, remembered her positivity and the hope she instilled in those she helped.

Chris Morris
Author: Chris Morris

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