The Maine State Police have a new lieutenant, Jeffery Love of Belgrade, who has spent the past 11 years as a homicide investigator for the force.

In his new role, Love will oversee detectives assigned to the Major Crimes Unit in Augusta and also will supervise two detectives to be assigned to a new unsolved homicide unit that will work with the Attorney General’s Office, according to Col. Robert Williams, chief of the Maine State Police.

Love was promoted Monday in ceremonies at State Police headquarters in Augusta.

Love is a 17-year trooper and was the sergeant in charge of investigating the December 2011 disappearance of toddler Ayla Reynolds in Waterville. He will continue to supervise that investigation, according to a press release from Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine State Police.

Love grew up in Winthrop, and his father, retired State Police Major Charles Love of Winthrop, once held the same position that his son now holds.

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