Manhunt ends for Dexter man accused of burning his house down

Posted June 06, 2011, at 10:09 a.m.
Last modified June 06, 2011, at 8:18 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A massive manhunt that started Friday evening for a Dexter man who police say burned down his home has ended. 

Henry Murdoch IV, 45, was admitted into a Waterville hospital over the weekend for an evaluation and will be arrested when released, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Monday.

“He’s at the hospital,” he said at 9:30 a.m. “His bail has been revoked on the arson charge.”

When Murdoch went to the hospital and when he will be released are not known, McCausland said, adding that, “Fire marshals were notified early Monday of his hospitalization.”

Murdoch reportedly bolted on Friday when police attempted to serve a felony warrant on him.

The arrest warrant for Murdoch was issued because his bail had been revoked on arson and terrorizing charges that stemmed from a fire that destroyed his Dexter home in December. The town was preparing to take the property for nonpayment of taxes when the fire occurred.

More than 40 law enforcement officers searched for him in the woods of St. Albans Friday after a series of chases with local police during the day in his pickup.

Dexter Police Chief Jim Emerson said he and police Officer Kevin Wintle were tipped off that Murdoch was at a Dexter home Friday morning, so they went to serve the arrest warrant.

After Murdoch took off in his truck, Dexter police pursued him onto Route 7 toward Corinna, onto Line Road, then to Moody’s Mills Road to Fisher Road, according to Emerson. Murdoch then came back toward Dexter as far as Line Road, a dirt road off Fisher Road that turns into a “goat path,” according to the police chief. There, the cruiser got caught up on a rock, he said, while Murdoch continued on.

In addition to the felony charges he already faces, “He is likely to face a number of charges from Friday’s incident,” McCausland said.

BDN writers Diana Bowley and Christopher Cousins contributed to this article

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