Investigators to release Alton autopsy results Sunday

Posted Nov. 24, 2012, at 12:16 p.m.
Last modified Nov. 25, 2012, at 4:11 p.m.
Police are investigating the death of three people that were found Monday evening at this house at 326 Alton Tannery Road in Alton.
Police are investigating the death of three people that were found Monday evening at this house at 326 Alton Tannery Road in Alton.

ALTON, Maine — Investigators will release on Sunday what they think happened to cause the deaths of three people on Alton Tannery Road on Nov. 19.

An autopsy on the body of the person Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland called “the last victim” occurred on Saturday afternoon.

McCausland said Saturday afternoon that he hopes to review the results with investigators and release a statement on Sunday.

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.

Autopsies began on Wednesday, but only two were completed. McCausland had originally hoped to release details of what caused and led up to the three deaths on Saturday after the medical examiner’s office completed the autopsy.

A deluge of work at the chief medical examiner’s office this week, including the shooting of a hunter, a plane crash that killed three fraternity brothers, and a shooting in Stockton Springs, influenced investigators to do the third autopsy to Saturday, McCausland said.

The incident began when a female friend of the trio called 911 shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday when she entered their 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 has said. “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.”

Five hunters from Falmouth, Benton and Wells, who are staying at a camp about five houses up the hill, said they were hunting deer separately in the general area on Monday and all heard gunshots sometime around 1:30 to 2 p.m.

As state police investigators have not disclosed how the three may have died, the gunshots the hunters heard may have had nothing to do with the three deaths.

Scott Reed has some criminal history, including a disorderly conduct conviction, police have said. 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 longtime friends.

Bangor Daily News writers Nok-Noi Ricker and Nick McCrea contributed to this report.

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