May 25, 2018
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Dover-Foxcroft homicide victim was shot in head

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Dover-Foxcroft man who was shot and killed Sunday night, allegedly by his brother, died of a gunshot wound to his “head and brain,” the state medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.

David King, an investigator with the medical examiner’s office, confirmed that Ryan Mayo, 20, died as a result of a homicide. He said Tuesday that he could not provide any other information.

State police have revealed few details about the shooting, which occurred at the corner of French and Garland Line roads in Dover-Foxcroft. Although the deceased man’s brother Steven Mayo, 22, told police investigators that he pulled the trigger, no arrest has been made.

Neighbors who asked not to be identified said they heard four to six shots in succession Sunday night as if someone were target-shooting, and then said they heard screaming.

Mayo’s body was discovered outside the home he shared with his parents, which is located next to Steven Mayo’s home, according to police. Ryan was well-liked in the community and reportedly was a hard worker who had graduated from Foxcroft Academy and worked at JSI Store Fixtures Inc. in Milo.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Tuesday that more interviews were planned and the case remained under investigation. Evidence was collected and has been sent to the Maine State Police Crime Laboratory for analysis, he said. Later this week or next, all of the parties involved in the investigation will sit down for a debriefing, according to McCausland.

The Dover-Foxcroft police and the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department are assisting in the investigation.

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