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Diane Perkins-Vance

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State Trooper

Local Address: Maine, United States
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Maine state trooper Diane ..., 30 April 2014 [cached]
Maine state trooper Diane Perkins-Vance responded. She was able to identify the boy and bring him home.
"The end result with Patricia Stanton stopping, she's the hero for sure," said Perkins-Vance.
Diane ..., 29 Dec 2013 [cached]
Diane Perkins-Vance
Maine State Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance on Monday, Dec. 23 in Augusta.
Courtesy photo by Maine State Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance.
After 30 years, the case of the North Pond Hermit is finally closed
"Everyone refers to him as a hermit. But he's actually a human being. His name is Christopher Knight," says Maine State Police Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance.
Maine State Police Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance knows the next question. It always comes. Does she believe it's true?
That conviction took root in April when Knight led Perkins-Vance and Sgt.
"There was a lot of personal information to get to know Chris Knight and why he did this," Perkins-Vance said.
Perkins-Vance warned Knight that the information about his arrest was public and that his story would likely attract significant attention.
But even Perkins-Vance was unprepared for the media frenzy that erupted after Knight's arrest was first reported on April 10 by the Kennebec Journal. Perkins-Vance was pursued by media outlets across the world, each hoping for a new nugget of information to pass along about the mysterious Maine man who became known as the North Pond Hermit.
Perkins-Vance says it has become the most high profile case she has ever worked.
"I expected it to get national attention," she said. "I didn't expect it would get worldwide attention. I can't begin to tell you how many interviews I did."
Burglaries at camps around North Pond and other lakes in the Rome, Smithfield and North Belgrade area had become so routine over the years, and the perpetrator so elusive, that Knight's legend grew even before people knew who he was. The break-ins had an unsettling effect on camp owners, Perkins-Vance said, and it was exciting to solve the mystery. That excitement was replaced by the daunting realization that she had to single-handedly investigate nearly 30 years' worth of burglaries.
"This took a lot of investigating, a lot of interviews with him, to put the whole story together," Perkins-Vance said.
Video: riding with Maine State Police Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance
"I think he will follow what is expected of him, based on what I know of him," Perkins-Vance said.
Perkins-Vance's life, much to her relief, has since returned to normal. Looking back, she is glad she had the opportunity to see the investigation through from the time of Knight's arrest to his guilty plea.
"I've had no further involvement with Knight since his case was resolved in court," she said.
However, Knight's lifestyle made him a once-in-a-lifetime study, Perkins-Vance. His will to withdraw from society not only made him intensely interesting to the general public, but it also proved compelling to the officer assigned to investigate his case.
"To live in the Maine woods for 27 years, in the elements, is unique and interesting," she said.
Game Warden Sgt. Terry Hughes, right, ..., 11 April 2013 [cached]
Game Warden Sgt. Terry Hughes, right, Maine State Police Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance, center, and Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Leal on Tuesday inspect Christopher Knight's camp in a remote, wooded section of Rome.
"It's been a myth, or legend, ..., 18 Nov 2013 [cached]
"It's been a myth, or legend, that a hermit was responsible," Maine State Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance told the Kennebec Journal on Tuesday. "That happens to be the case."
The 47-year-old hermit now awaits his future at the Kennebec County Jail, where he is being held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail on charges of burglary and theft."
Melissa Godin, 31, of Belgrade, was ..., 30 April 2014 [cached]
Melissa Godin, 31, of Belgrade, was issued a summons Tuesday morning charging her with endangering the welfare of a child, said Maine State Police Trooper Diane Perkins-Vance.
"The parent didn't realize he was missing until I brought him home," Perkins-Vance said. The pre-teen child - Perkins-Vance declined to provide the boy's age - was wet but otherwise uninjured during the ordeal. "This could have turned out very differently," Perkins-Vance said.
Perkins-Vance, who recognized the child, said he had walked more than five miles.
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