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Maine Man Allegedly Killed Girlfriend with Cancer and Dumped Body in Woods

Police reportedly found evidence of possible blood splatter and a handgun at the couple’s shared home the day Kimberly Hardy’s body was found, which was wrapped in plastic.

By Elisabeth Ford
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A man has been arrested for allegedly killing his girlfriend, who had cancer and went missing last week in Maine.

Jayme Schnakenberg, 39, was arrested Monday morning at his School St. home in Monticello, Maine for the murder of 42-year-old Kimberly Hardy, whom he lived with and whose body has since been found.

Hardy was reported missing on June 18 after her mother alerted authorities, Maine State Police said in a statement on Facebook.

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She was last seen on June 16 in New Limerick. Her friends and family had been unable to contact her and were concerned for her safety, police said.

A missing persons post from the Houlton Police Department described Hardy as having “quite short hair due to cancer treatments which are supposed to be ongoing.” Police added that “it is unclear if she has her medications with her.”

Officials also reported that Hardy had left behind personal belongings, including her car and her beloved cat, Peavy.

“The investigation led to an area of the Harvey Siding Road where a body was discovered by Maine Game Wardens in a wooded area,” police said in a statement. “Evidence Response Team members and Detectives will continue to investigate at several scenes.

Schnakenberg allegedly confessed to two people that he had shot Hardy after the couple had gotten in an argument, police told Maine Public Radio.

Police also reportedly found evidence of possible blood splatter and a handgun at the couple’s shared home the day Hardy’s body was found, which was wrapped in plastic when police discovered her on June 25, according to the station.

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Hardy’s body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta where an autopsy will determine the cause of death and confirm an identity.

"Kim had a smile that could light up any room and a laugh that I can and will always hear in my memories," a friend told News Center Maine.

Schnackenberg was charged with intentionally and knowingly causing the death of Hardy, according to the Bangor Daily News.

He is being held without bail, pending a bail hearing later this week. 

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