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Major Crimes Unit takes on bizarre W. Lebanon DV case

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ALFRED, Maine - The West Lebanon man who allegedly assaulted his wife in April and may well have succumbed to self-inflicted wounds soon after the attack has been indicted by a York County grand jury.

Dale Godfrey, 52, of 167 Sam Wentworth Road was last seen on April 26 around 4 a.m. after police say he got into a confrontation with his wife and began strangling her.

After the alleged attack he fled the scene, according to police. His pickup truck was found a couple of miles away about 15-20 yards down a driveway near where a house is being built across the street from Poplar Hill Road where T.M. Wentworth and Champion streets meet.

When state troopers found the truck they noted the interior of Godfrey's truck was covered in a large amount of blood. They later learned that Godfrey was known to carry box cutters in the truck. His checkbook was found in a nearby stream.

State Police Trooper Kyle Wells, who has handled the case since the beginning, told The Lebanon Voice today that the indictment was made due to time constraints in the prosecution of the case.

"This is both a criminal case and a missing persons case," said Wells, who indicated the Major Crimes Unit had now taken over the investigation.

Maine safety officials during April and May executed numerous searches in the woods around where Godfrey's pickup was found.

Wells earlier said that the outlook for finding Godfrey alive is slim and that he could have succumbed to his injuries in the woods or waters of either Milton Three Ponds or the downstream Salmon Falls River.

Godfrey was indicted on five counts, including aggravated assault, DV assault, reckless conduct DV, obstructing the reporting of a crime and leaving the scene of property damage.

Godfrey's wife suffered minor injuries in the attack.

The York County grand jury indictments were handed down on Sept. 6 and released today.

An indictment is not an indication of guilt, only that enough evidence has been gathered to warrant a trial.

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