Jayme Schnackenberg, 39, was arrested early Monday at the home he shared with Kimberly Hardy, who was reported missing last week.
Jayme Schnackenberg, 39, was arrested early Monday at the home he shared with Kimberly Hardy (pictured), who was reported missing last week. Credit: Courtesy of the Maine State Police

HOULTON, Maine — A Monticello man has been accused of killing his girlfriend, who was reported missing earlier this month.

Jayme Schnackenberg, 39, was arrested early Monday morning at his School Street home in Monticello for allegedly killing his girlfriend, 42-year-old Kimberly Hardy, who lived with him, according to the Maine State Police.

Schnackenburg appeared in Houlton District Court on Monday afternoon and was held without bail in the Aroostook County jail, pending a Harnish bail hearing later this week.

Maine Assistant Attorney General Leane Zainea requested the hearing.

According to Maine law, in a Harnish bail proceeding, the state is offered the opportunity to obtain a judicial finding of probable cause that the defendant has committed a capital offense, and the defendant, at the same proceeding, can rebut the case against the defendant.   

During Monday’s hearing, Schnackenburg’s temporary attorney, Jeff Pickering, said that the defendant questioned the contents of the probable cause affidavit. Pickering said he advised Schnackenburg to wait on the matter until the court appointed an attorney to represent him.

“I told him it would be to his advantage to wait until the Harnish bail hearing,” Pickering explained to the judge.

Schnackenburg was charged with intentionally and knowingly causing the death of Hardy, according to Judge Sarah Gilbert. The charge comes with a potential life sentence, Gilbert said.

 

Hardy was reported missing on June 18 by her mother because she had not heard from her for several days, police said. Hardy left her vehicle and her beloved pets behind, according to a missing flier posted by her family.

Maine State Police Troop F, Computer Crimes Unit, Maine Warden Service and Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit North have been searching for Hardy since she was reported missing.

During the search for Hardy, a body was discovered in a wooded area near Harvey Siding Road in Monticello over the weekend.

The body will be transported to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta, where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death and confirm identity.

Schnackenberg’s bail hearing has not been scheduled, but according to Maine law it must be scheduled within five days.

Kathleen Phalen Tomaselli is a reporter covering the Houlton area. Over the years, she has covered crime, investigations, health, politics and local government, writing for the Washington Post, the LA...