LEWISTON, Maine — Tom Joudrey III clearly remembers the last time he spoke with his son.
“When I went to bed, he was sitting in my living room,” the grieving father told the Sun Journal Sunday evening. “He’d gotten a phone call. I told him ‘I love you. See you in the morning.’ And that was the last time I talked to him.”
Joudrey’s 30-year-old son, Tom Joudrey IV, was shot in the head in the early morning hours of July 24 at a trailer in Mexico’s Riverside Park, a mobile home park off Route 2, behind the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Kingdom Hall. The young man died two days later after being taken off life support at Maine Medical Center in Portland.
Joudrey and his wife, Teri Plourde, said losing a son last week was tough enough. But mounting frustration over what they call a lack of communication with investigators is leaving them feeling downright dismayed and disregarded.
“I just feel like we’re getting all kinds of conflicting stories,” Plourde said through tears Sunday evening.
Authorities, on the other hand, say the investigation is still ongoing. Steve McCausland, spokesman for Maine State Police, said little information is being released as police continue their search for 28-year-old Robert Terrill, who is wanted for questioning in connection with the case.
Terrill was one of two other men in the mobile home at the time of the shooting. The third man inside the mobile home was questioned by police. Investigators said the trailer is rented to Dan Riley, who, police said, was in New Hampshire visiting his father at the time of the shooting.
The couple said they have tried several times to contact authorities and contend they were never notified by police about what happened to their son. Joudrey said the couple awoke Tuesday morning at their home on the Canton-Livermore town line to find a note from their son telling them he loved them and would be back Tuesday morning.
Joudrey said he and his wife left the home about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to visit friends in northern Maine. Their son had not arrived home before they left town.
Joudrey said the couple was on the road near Bangor when a family friend called them to tell them their son might have been involved in a shooting in Mexico. He said by the time he and his wife arrived in Portland that doctors were already performing tests to determine if their son was brain-dead.
“We obviously don’t release names unless next of kin was notified,” McCausland said Sunday evening.
McCausland said he did not know which relative was notified of the shooting on Tuesday.
Joudrey said at this point he and his wife just want answers. Both said there are rumors swirling around the small, tight-knit western Maine communities and they want police to address those rumors — at least with them if not publicly.
McCausland contends that police are taking the matter seriously. He said investigators consider Terrill a key factor to the case. As with all police investigations, authorities are cautious about releasing details about the case.
“This is a case where we still need to know exactly what happened,” McCausland said. “And Terrill’s information is critical to finding out what happened inside that home at the time. We haven’t even made a final determination on the case. Terrill is MIA.”
Terrill is 6 feet tall and weighs about 175 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. He left the scene on foot wearing tan pants, a black T-shirt and carrying an olive-green duffel bag. Anyone with information on Terrill’s whereabouts is asked to call 911.
“We are working hard to try and determine how this death occurred, and one key factor in that is finding Terrill,” McCausland said.