Police won't reopen probe into death of Dan Randall's first wife

The former Bristol pastor killed his daughter and himself in Maine last month

EastBayRI.com ·

The Maine State Police have declined to reopen the investigation into the 1993 death of a former Bristol pastor's wife, the police announced Thursday.

Anita Randall, former wife of Dan Randall, former pastor of First Congregational Church, died in a fall from a cliff at Two Lights State Park in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on July 3 of that year.She was six months pregnant with the couple’s third child at the time. Lucas Barron Randall died a day later.

Police had requested police and medical examiner reports into Mrs. Randall's death after Mr. Randall killed his daughter and himself in the family’s home in Hebron, Maine last month. There was nothing in those reports to change the opinion that Mrs. Randall's death was accidental, according to Maine State Police Public Information Officer Stephen McCausland.

Claire Randall, 27, died of multiple shotgun wounds in the bathroom of the family home on Dec. 8. Mr. Randall, 56, who was reportedly seeking alcohol treatment at a rehab center in Portland, Maine, left the facility that day, stopped at a gun store to buy a shotgun, and proceeded to the family home where he killed his daughter before turning the gun on himself. He was estranged from the family and had been issued divorce papers earlier that week, police have said. He was married to Anita Randall, the former executive director of the East Bay Food Pantry.

Mr. Randall resigned as pastor of First Congregational Church in January 2015. He and Anita Randall moved to Maine with their teenage son earlier this year. Neither Anita Randall, nor their son was home at the time of the killing.

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