Updates on Fatal Fire and Bodies Found in Car
Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland has updated two cases of bodies found early Friday morning. In one case, a man was found inside a burning mobile home and, in the other, two people were found in a car outside Augusta.
McCausland says the fire victim has been identified as 76-year-old Larry Tenan. Fire Marshals are looking at smoking as the likely cause of the fire. Crews had responded to the Saco home in the recent past for a mattress fire that was started by smoking. No one else was injured in that early morning blaze.
In Manchester, State Police are investigating the deaths of two people as suspicious. 35-year-old Eric Williams and 26-year-old Bonnie Royer lived together on Easy Street, less than a mile from where their bodies were found in an SUV. The vehicle was parked a short distance off the Sanford Road, which is a dirt road near a number of sand and gravel pits. Police say there are no houses in the immediate area. Officers were called to the scene by a 911 call from either Williams or Royer.
A team of detectives and evidence technicians spent the day gathering evidence from the scene and trying to retrace the couple's steps on Christmas Eve. Anyone who had contact with them Thursday is asked to call the State Police in Augusta at 624-7076. Assisting in the investigation are deputies from the Kennebec Sheriff's Office. Autopsies on the two will take place Saturday at the State Medical Examiner's Office.