National Park

Boyfriend wanted in death of Acadia National Park retreat planner


Nicole Mokeme. Gregory Rec/The Portland Press Herald

WINTER HARBOR, Maine (AP) — Maine police are looking for a man in connection with the hit-and-run death in Acadia National Park of the founder of a youth retreat.

The accident on the Schoodic Institute campus in the park killed Nicole Mokeme, 35, between Saturday evening and early Sunday. Police say the man wanted in connection with the death had a relationship with Mokeme, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Details of how Mokeme was hit remained unclear. Police were still investigating Mokeme’s death.

Mokeme was Creative Director of Rise and Shine Youth Retreat in Bowdoin. The organization offers retreats and programs for black children and adults.

Mokeme was also one of the organizers of the 2022 Black Excellence Retreat at the Schoodic Institute in Winter Harbor. This event was ongoing at the time of the hit-and-run.