Stephen Scipione was driving his regular route from Portland to Worcester on Wednesday when he pulled off at a rest stop on Interstate 495 for a morning pit stop. As he eased his truck through the lot, a blue Toyota pickup truck caught his eye.
A Maine resident, Scipione had heard police were looking for a blue truck in connection with the death of a young boy, whose body was found dumped beside a dirt road in South Berwick. He remembered the description of the truck included a Navy insignia, and slowed down for a closer look. There it was, a Texas license plate with a "Navy Mom" frame.
He looked inside the car, and spotted a woman lying down across the front seat. He pulled to a stop nearby, and called 911 on his cell phone.
"I knew they were looking for one that said 'Navy,'" the 45-year-old recalled this morning.
"That's what gave it away. Whoever left that as a description did a good job."
With his keen eye and timely report, Scipione led police to Julianne McCrery, 42, who is now charged with murdering her son in a grisly mystery that has drawn national attention. McCrery had an older son who is serving in the Navy, according to a biography posted on amazon.com, where her self-published book is on sale.
Scipione said he is happy he noticed the car, and that he had seen the news coverage about the boy's killing.
"Better safe than sorry," he said.
Police arrived about 10 minutes after his call, and Scipione saw several officers speaking with her. Eventually, he decided his job was done, and headed back onto the highway. It was only later, he said, that he realized the woman had been arrested, and that his call had broken the case.
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