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Family of man found dead at Alton murder-suicide say questions remain

Gabor Degre | BDN
Gabor Degre | BDN
Police tape blocks the driveway of the home at 326 Alton Tannery Road in Alton on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

ALTON, Maine — There is only one thing that the father of Daniel Young — who Maine State Police investigators say killed himself last month at the scene of a murder-double suicide — knows for sure about his son’s death.

“Nothing jibes,” Brian Young said Monday night of the ongoing investigation.

His son was a longtime friend of Scott Reed, who stabbed and killed his estranged wife, Danielle Reed, in the early afternoon of Nov. 19 at the Alton Tannery Road house they once shared.

Afterward, Reed took his wife’s car into Bangor and met up with Young.
The two men went to Miguel’s Mexican Restaurant, where they talked for a couple of hours before heading back to Alton, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

“Both men shot themselves right around 7 p.m.,” he said Tuesday. Their deaths occurred “within minutes of each other.”

McCausland said earlier reports that Young died at 5:30 p.m. were incorrect.

He described the scene as an “extremely unusual murder-double suicide.”

Young’s father, who adopted Daniel when the boy was 2, said state police should wait until the medical examiner finishes the investigation before releasing further information about his son’s death.

“They do not know what happened and the media have it all screwed up,” Young said. “The detective on the case, he says they still have four or five weeks before the investigation is all over with. They’re not positive about what happened.”

The state’s chief medical examiner determined last month that Scott Reed committed suicide. Although state police believe that Young took his own life, the medical examiner’s office has not officially ruled on the manner of his death.

“The forensics on the firearms are still taking place and there are additional interviews to do as well,” McCausland said. “Based on everything we know now, Daniel Young’s death is a likely suicide.”

All three bodies were found in an upstairs bedroom and police believe Danielle’s body may have been moved, McCausland said. Her body and Young’s were positioned beside each other, and Reed’s was propped up on pillows on top of them.

While the two men were in Bangor, Young had in his possession or picked up a .357-caliber revolver and a .45-caliber handgun that he owned and also went to Camden National Bank and withdrew $400 in cash, McCausland said. Both guns were found at the rented Alton residence, near the bodies of the deceased.

“They arrived at the house sometime after 5:30 p.m.,” McCausland said of Young and Reed. “At 5:52 [p.m.] Dan is talking to a woman friend about suicide and four minutes later Scott leaves an emotional voice mail message behind on Danielle’s mother’s voice mail service.”

“He was enraged,” he said, describing Reed’s message.

Reed also left a “rambling” suicide note that indicated he was upset with his wife of five years after they discussed divorcing two days earlier. That led to Reed ’s damaging her car and being taken by police for a mental evaluation at a Bangor hospital. He did not mention Young in the note, McCausland said.

Young’s final call was to his father, at about 6:45 p.m., the elder Young said.

“I talked to him at a quarter to 7,” Brian Young said. “It was nothing really special. He said he was with Scott. That was all, really. He would normally call when he was with someone or had gone somewhere.

“He lived with Scott and them for one fall, one winter and one spring,” he said. “They were friends for a long, long time.”

Young’s sister, Rebecca Young, who flew into Maine from California on Tuesday for a planned vacation that now coincides with her older brother’s funeral service, said the conversation between her brother and father indicates Dan Young knew something was going to happen.

“It wasn’t, ‘I’m going to commit suicide,’” she said. “It was, ‘If something goes down, the keys are in the car. Take care of things.’ That’s not suicide, that is, ‘Something is going down.’”

She has her own theory about what occurred.

“If it was a suicide, Scott had something to do with it regardless,” Rebecca Young said. “Danny was fragile, but he was doing a lot better. He knew Scott wasn’t all there. We all knew Scott wasn’t all there.

“If it was a suicide, it was a pressured suicide,” she said.

Brian Young and his daughter said they know the state police investigation may not give them the answers they want. They said they are prepared for whatever it will say, but for now they just want people to wait until the investigation is complete.

“Only three people know the truth, and they’re all gone,” Rebecca Young said.

“We don’t know what happened,” Brian Young said. “I don’t think Scott knew what he was doing. To kill his wife like that — he wasn’t thinking straight. Who knows what happened with him and Dan. You can come up with so many scenarios and they probably aren’t right. Nothing is right. Nothing jibes.”

A celebration of Daniel Young’s life is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor, with the Rev. Carl Schreiber, senior pastor of East Orrington Congregational Church, presiding. Doors open at 4 p.m. before the service for relatives and friends to call. Private interment will be at a later date at Marston Cemetery in Orrington.

Danielle Reed’s family and friends gathered Monday afternoon at the Morgan Hill Event Center for fellowship and to remember their lost loved one. Her graveside memorial service was scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at Tapley Cemetery in Blaine.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that both guns in the case were discharged and found at the rented Alton residence, near the bodies of the deceased. Police have confirmed that one had been discharged; they are still examining the second gun.

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