Maine State Police said the death of a 2-year-old girl from Bucksport in October is now being investigated as a homicide.

Lt. Troy Gardner said during a Wednesday morning news conference that results from an autopsy, as well as other information gathered during their investigation, have led police to conclude that Kloe Marie Hawksley died “as a result of the actions of another person.”

Gardner did not release a cause of death or any other details, citing the ongoing investigation. He did say that police are asking for the public’s help in trying to determine who might have had contact with or access to the girl.

The death was reported Oct. 18 at a residence on Central Street in Bucksport. All deaths of children under the age of 3 are investigated by police, even if they are not suspicious.

Gardner declined to offer specifics about how Kloe died or who may have been in the home with her at the time.

There had been reports that another child was in the home. Gardner declined to comment on that, other than to say that police are confident that child is in a safe environment.


Kloe was often called by her nickname, Lolo, according to an obituary published Oct. 26. She enjoyed reading books, singing and playing blocks. She is survived by her father and his partner, and her mother and her husband. It also said that the girl had a brother and two step-brothers, as well as a “blended family sister.”

Anyone with information about Kloe should call lead investigator Greg Mitchell at 973-3700.

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