ALTON, Maine — Scott Reed stabbed his estranged wife, Danielle, to death at their house and met his best friend at a Bangor restaurant before both men were found dead of gunshot wounds at the Reed home on Nov. 19, state police said Sunday.
Speaking in detail for the first time about the grisly incident, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said investigators don’t yet know whether 43-year-old Scott Reed shot 41-year-old Daniel Young or if Young killed himself, possibly as part of a suicide pact with Reed.
“I have discussed this with several investigators as well as people at the chief medical examiner’s office, and it would not be an understatement to say that this case has been bizarre,” McCausland said Sunday. “The only component we don’t know is whether [the death of] Young was a suicide or not.”
The three bodies were found at Reed’s rental at 326 Alton Tannery Road by a female friend shortly before 7:30 p.m.
The men had been close friends for several years and reportedly had talked about suicide. Immediately after returning to Maine from an out-of-state location and killing his wife at her home, Reed sought Young, of Bradley, at his workplace, McCausland said.
Young owned one of two handguns found at the scene, McCausland said.
The last of the three autopsies was performed Saturday. The chief medical examiner ruled 39-year-old Danielle Reed’s cause of death was “multiple stab and incised wounds to the neck, including the throat” while Scott Reed and Young died from “close contact gunshot wounds to the head,” McCausland said.
“This is also a domestic violence incident,” McCausland said.
Scott Reed “came back to Maine, went to the house and confronted his estranged wife at that point and killed her,” McCausland said. “She is the true victim here.”
The couple had been married for five years.
Scott Reed left a suicide note at the scene. McCausland only described it as “rambling.”
Autopsies began last Wednesday, but only two were completed. 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 delay the third autopsy, McCausland has said.
The Reeds had been living apart in recent months, McCausland said, though a Bangor court clerk has said that no divorce records or protection from abuse orders involving the Reeds were on record.
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.
“We do not have an explanation for what happened on Monday. We do know that he was seriously injured and family and friends did tell us that he was a much different person,” McCausland said. “He had a very different personality, and lingering physical problems as well.”
Reed also had some criminal history, including a disorderly conduct conviction, 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.
Detectives place the time of Danielle Reed’s death as early Monday afternoon. Scott Reed and Young met afterward at the restaurant, which McCausland did not identify. The two men spent the afternoon together before returning to Reed’s home about 5:30 p.m., McCausland said.
Reed telephoned a female friend at 6:52 p.m. to meet him at the house. The woman called police at 7:23 p.m. after she found one of the bodies in an upstairs bedroom. Police later found the other two in that room, McCausland said.
McCausland lamented that some aspects of this incident may never be understood.
“I am many times asked to explain inexplicable actions. These are the facts as we have discovered them,” he said.
Bangor Daily News writers Nok-Noi Ricker and Nick McCrea contributed to this report.