AROOSTOOK COUNTY – Late Wednesday afternoon, police confirmed two men died of gunshot wounds in a small Aroostook County town, about a dozen miles from Presque Isle.
“It’s pretty recent, so everyone is just pretty upset,” said Malcolm Milligan, an Ashland resident.
Maine State Police are continuing to investigate the deaths of Roger Ellis, 51, and Allen Curtis, 25. In a press release, police have said the two men were found dead in a pickup truck in Castle Hill early Tuesday morning.
With no arrests made by Wednesday evening, police are asking residents to to be aware of their surroundings.
“Really disturbing, because usually nothing bad ever happens here…I knew people that were related to them,” said Milligan. “So it kind of hits close to home.”
According to a police press release, the initial call was about a noise complaint on Route 227. Troopers originally thought they were responding 2052 State Road for an ATV versus pickup truck accident, but soon realized it was a double homicide investigation.
Along with Ellis’s pickup truck, an unregistered and spray painted Suzuki ATV was left at the scene. Both were taken to the State Police Crime Lab in Augusta.
While neighbors did not answer our news team’s door knocks, people in Ashland were talking.
“A lot of people have been in here asking us and you know, just trying to find out more information,” said Sarah Bushey, who works at Mama Row Bakery & Cafe in Ashland. “It seemed to me from what other people were saying that possibly it’s drug related…that seems to be a growing concern in this area.”
And in nearby Mapleton, where there was a Maine State Police Mobile Crime Unit at a property in town, people were talking about an attempted break in to the Mapleton Fire Deptartment that a town official said was on the same morning as the double homicide in Castle Hill.
On Wednesday, crews were cleaning up a blood trail that those at the Mapleton Town Office said was left behind when the person also tried to break in to a local home.
A state police spokesman said it’s doubtful the incidents are related.
Either way police have increased patrols in the Mapleton – Castle Hill area.
“I’ve heard there are people helping the families because this is the kind of community where almost everybody knows everybody,” said Bushey.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Maine State Police barracks in Houlton.