Police won’t release information about 3 Alton deaths until all autopsies are complete

Police tape blocks the driveway of the home at 326 Alton Tannery Road in Alton on Tuesday, Nov. 20,2012. Police are investigating the death of three people that were found there Monday evening.
Gabor Degre | BDN
Police tape blocks the driveway of the home at 326 Alton Tannery Road in Alton on Tuesday, Nov. 20,2012. Police are investigating the death of three people that were found there Monday evening.
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff
Posted Nov. 21, 2012, at 2:25 p.m.

ALTON, Maine — Officials have decided not to release more information about the three deaths in Alton until the medical examiner’s office completes the third and final autopsy, likely on Saturday, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

“We’re still working on retracing the footsteps of the three individuals” and learning the “dynamics of the trio” throughout the week, McCausland said.

Scott Reed, 43, who rented the house at 326 Alton Tannery Road; his wife of five years, Danielle Reed, 39; and Daniel Young, 41, of Bradley were found dead Monday night inside the home.

A female friend called 911 shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday when she entered the home and found the body of one of the men. State police troopers searched the residence, where they found two more bodies.

“I think we have a very good idea what happened,” McCausland added. “No one outside the trio is involved.”

Police have not said how the three people died or whether a weapon was recovered from the scene, but have said it was an act of “violence.”

Autopsies began on Wednesday, but only two were completed. McCausland said he likely would release details of what caused and led up to the three deaths on Saturday after the medical examiner’s office is able to complete the final autopsy.

“It’s been an extremely busy week for the medical examiner’s office,” McCausland said late Wednesday afternoon, citing multiple recent deaths including the shooting of a hunter, a plane crash that killed three fraternity brothers, a shooting in Stockton Springs, and two bodies found in vehicles.

“We just need the medical examiner to confirm the sequence of events” before revealing investigators’ findings, McCausland said.

“We’re still trying to learn the complete story of the couple, as well as how Young came to be involved in this,” McCausland said, adding that the Reeds had been estranged, “but the specifics of that I don’t have.”

A Bangor court clerk said Wednesday that there were no divorce records or protection from abuse orders involving the Reeds.

Scott Reed has some criminal history, including a Class E disorderly conduct conviction in connection with a fight in 2008, and a conviction for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants in December 2011, according to a criminal history records check.

Young was convicted of assault in April 2011, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News.

Scott Reed was involved in a serious car crash almost a year ago and suffered severe injuries, including head trauma. According to some friends of the couple, Reed was never quite the same after the accident.

Sherry Haller, owner of Union Street Athletics, said Young was a gym member for 16 years, working out multiple times per week. The other regular members were like family to Young, she said.

“His friends were his gym friends,” Haller said Wednesday afternoon. “They’re just devastated.”

Scott Reed was a member of Haller’s gym for years, but stopped coming at some point, she said. After the crash nearly took his life, he returned, believing exercise would help his recovery, according to Haller.

Danielle Reed also joined the gym for a brief time after the accident to support her husband, the gym owner said.

“We lost some really good friends,” Haller said. “It was such a waste of lives.”

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