Funeral arrangements are being made and a local vigil is planned the following day for Courtney Nicole Dubois, the 20-year-old woman whose dismembered body was found at the Bartow County Landfill on Aug. 13.
Duncan-Graves Funeral Home in Presque Isle, Maine — near where Dubois grew up — is working with her relatives to plan a memorial service. Arrangements are tentative but it appears a service will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church in Limestone, Maine. Final word on arrangements is expected next week, according to the funeral home.
Dubois’ remains recently were released to her family. She had attended school in the Limestone area (near Caribou) before moving to West Virginia.
Locally, a vigil is forming on Oct. 20 — the day after her memorial Mass — to be held outside the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. The vigil is set for 11 a.m. that Saturday at 107 Zena Drive in Cartersville. It is being organized by members of a closed Facebook group, Justice for Courtney Dubois. A many as 600 people have joined the group — and it is one of several pages dedicated to sharing updates and information about the case. The sheriff’s office has confirmed its permission for the vigil to be held that day.
No arrests have been made in Dubois’ murder. News websites and the Facebook pages have paid close attention to law enforcement activities in the communities around Fairmont, W. Va., as well as Cartersville and Bartow County. Federal and regional authorities in northern West Virginia reported breaking up what they called a major meth pipeline that ran between Cartersville and that area, including the arrest of two Cartersville men. A third Cartersville man has since been arrested but since returned to Bartow County to face unrelated charges.
Law enforcement officials have not reported any link between the Dubois case and the drug arrests.
The timeline of this case:
- Aug. 11: The Bartow County Sheriff’s Office believes Dubois’ remains were left at the Cedar Creek Collection Center at 15 Cedar Creek Road — between Adairsville and Cartersville — during the hours of 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
- Aug. 13: A dumpster from that site was taken to Bartow County Landfill where the remains were found around 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 13. Dubois’ body had been dismembered and placed in separate bags. A sanitation worker spotted the torso of a woman, which led to the discovery of the other remains.
- Aug. 13-31: The sheriff’s office, assisted by the GBI and FBI, continued investigating leads into the identity of the woman.
- Aug. 23: Sgt. Jonathan Rogers from the sheriff’s office joined us on Hometown Radio on WRGA 98.7 FM to say the agency was receiving 30 to 40 calls a day to the agency’s tip line.
- Aug. 31: Social media users establish a link between the images of the victim’s tattoos to the Facebook page, Missing in West Virginia. The biggest link: Matching Dubois’ distinctive chest tattoo to her images in the above pictures.
- Sept. 5: GBI medical examiners, using dental records from the family, confirms the victim’s identity as Courtney Nicole Dubois, 20, of Fairmont, W.Va.
- Oct. 19: Tentative funeral for Courtney Dubois in Limestone, Maine.
- Oct. 20: Vigil scheduled for 11 a.m. that Saturday outside the Bartow County Sheriffs Office.