This week, Yergy and Drewby delve deep into the mysterious disappearance of Ludger Belanger, which has gone unsolved for the last 45 years. Belanger lived in Washington, Maine with his wife Linda at the time of his disappearance. He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic at Bridge Construction in Windsor, working on diesel engines, but at the time of his disappearance was between jobs, and Linda had a job as a waitress at Ho Ho Chinese Restaurant on Western Avenue in Augusta. They had three daughters – Michelle, Traci, and Angel, whom was only four months old.
At 9:00 a.m. on November 25, 1975, after a morning of hunting with Linda and his brother (and possibly his father according to Open Season), Ludger was dropped off half a mile from their home on Route 105 so he could go deer hunting.
Belanger had a good home life and marriage at the time of his disappearance, and isn’t believed to have left of his own accord. Linda thinks he was murdered. Police had allegedly two suspects: David Svenningsen (Suspect A) and Danny Collins Jr. (Suspect B). The latter being the only one alive and still living in Maine.
This year on November 5th would have been Ludger’s 70th birthday. As of the date of this release, Ludger will have been missing for 45 years. “Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service,” by author Daren Worcester dedicates an entire chapter to Ludger’s case for anyone interested in further reading.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Maine State Police at (207) 624-7143 or (800) 452-4664.
You can also reach out to Ludger’s family via their FB page “Justice for Ludger Belanger.”
A very special thank you to Dani for the invaluable information she generously shared with two complete strangers that went out on a limb to reach out! Thank you to Daren for helping us with our questions regarding Open Season: True Stories of the Maine Warden Service , and the vast amount of information he covered. And of course, to Levi for supporting our show as our highest tier patron!
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