UPDATE October 25 2019- The body has been confirmed to belong to Melissa Sousa by authorities, and Nicholas Lovejoy, 28, has been charged with her murder.
UPDATE October 24, 2019 – The police found a body in the basement of the home on Gold Street. Lovejoy has been arrested.
Original Story: Melissa Sousa, 29, has been missing from 32-34 Gold Street in Waterville, Maine since Tuesday, October 22, 2019. She was last seen putting her twin daughters on the school bus that was stopped near her home she shares with Nicholas Lovejoy, 28, around 8:30 a.m.
Friends of Melissa reported her missing and later that evening, Lovejoy was arrested by the Waterville Police after his SUV was stopped on Summer Street. After the stop, the police saw he had a loaded rifle in the car and he was arrested and charged. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of his children, when it was discovered they were home alone.
Melissa Sousa had worked at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Main Street for four years. She would ride to work with her boss, Megan Legasse who told CentralMain.com that Sousa told her Lovejoy has threatened several times to kill her in front of their children.
“He’s locked her out of the house and pointed a gun at her while the girls were upstairs, looking out of the window,” Legasse said in a phone interview Wednesday. “A week ago in the driveway, he pointed a gun at her and the kids were saying, ‘Don’t kill my Mom.’ ”
Legasse also stated “she heard Lovejoy went to a mutual friend’s home near the Vassalboro-Winslow town line Tuesday afternoon and the babysitter there said he took a shovel off the porch and walked out back where he has a camper on the property.”
The children are currently with child protective services.
Sousa is five feet tall, weighs 125 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Melissa Sousa, please contact the Waterville police at (207) 680-4700 extension 4513.
Anyone who has seen Sousa or has information on her whereabouts is asked to call Waterville police at (207) 680-4700 extension 4513.