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Man arrested in S. Portland on murder charge
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WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) -- A Worcester man has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the 1994 disappearance of a man whose body has never been found.

Elias Samia was ordered held without bail after his arraignment Thursday in Worcester Superior Court. He was arrested Wednesday in the disappearance of 36-year-old Kevin Harkins.

Police also arrested 49-year-old John Fredette in South Portland, Maine, where he is being held on a fugitive charge. He also faces a murder charge.

The arrests were made 18 years to the day after Harkins disappeared after leaving a bar. Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early Jr. said Harkins left personal items at Suney's Pub when he was called outside by an acquaintance.

He got into a car with several other men and was never seen again. A probate court declared him dead in 2008.

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