BANGOR, Maine — The disappearance of 15-year-old Nichole Cable ended in tragedy after an extensive police search discovered what turned out to be the remains of the Glenburn teen in the woods near the Stillwater River in Old Town. Shortly after, 20-year-old Kyle Dube of Orono was charged with murder in connection with Cable’s disappearance. Here’s a list of events involving the search for Nichole Cable:
- May 14, 2013: Police begin their investigation into the disappearance of 15-year-old Nichole Cable from Glenburn. She last was seen at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 12, 2013.
- May 15, 2013: “ This is my daughter. If you see her, please let the authorities know. Help me bring her home.” — Kristine Wiley, Cable’s mother, makes an emotional plea for her daughter’s safe return.
- May 16, 2013: The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and several partner agencies follow up on at least 60 leads that came in over the previous 24 hours. Maine State Police, the Maine Warden Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, The National Center for Missing Children and Bangor Police Department all were involved in pursuing the tips, including looking at Cable’s social networking activity.
- May 17, 2013: “Leads continue to come in. We continue to follow through. We will follow those leads wherever they take us.” — Police continued to take tips and ask if anyone has seen a black pickup truck possibly in the Glenburn area around the time Cable went missing.
- May 18, 2013: The Maine Warden service issues a call for ground search volunteers. The Maine Warden Service and Down East Emergency Medical Institute fly over the Glenburn area to search remote locations for the missing teen.
- May 19, 2013: “ It’s probably the most volunteers, civilian volunteers, we’ve had on a search in six or seven years, that I can remember.” — Dave Martin, president of Orono-based Dirigo Search and Rescue, said in regards to more than 500 people helping with a ground search for Cable.
- May 20, 2013: In addition to the continued ground searches that yielded some discovered items, police set up informational roadblocks in the hopes of garnering more leads on the Cable ’s whereabouts.
- May 21, 2013: Kyle Dube, 20, of Orono is charged with murder in connection with Cable ’s disappearance . Dube was already in custody, having turned himself in at the Penobscot County Jail on Thursday to begin serving a 90-day sentence for a high-speed motorcycle chase and crash in June 2012, according to court records and jail officials.
- May 21, 2013: Police find remains believed to be those of 15-year-old Cable in the woods. Information from “several different sources” led investigators to Gilman Falls in Old Town, located along Route 43, where a game warden and his dog found a female body about 9:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, said Maine State Police Lt. Christopher Coleman, who leads the major crime unit for northern Maine.
- May 22, 2013: Kyle Dube, accused of killing Cable, makes his first court appearance at the Penobscot Judicial Center. Dube was denied bail. The teen did not enter a plea to the charge of intentional or knowing murder because he has not yet been indicted by a grand jury. Some of Cable’s friends and family attended the emotionally charged court appearance.
- May 23, 2013: Community members, friends of the family and strangers come together to plan events to remember Cable. The Workstore, a local print shop, is creating stickers, sweatshirts and T-shirts to memorialize Cable and raise money to help other families cope with or avoid tragedies.
- May 24, 2013: “ We just want everybody to know that we’re not going to let Nichole’s name go out silently. We’re going to speak very loudly for Nichole, and we want to make sure there’s a legacy left behind.” — Kristine Wiley speaks of her daughter as community members gather to release balloons in memory of Cable at the Glenburn Fire Station. Many of the balloons were yellow, Cable’s favorite color, and bore messages written to her.
- May 25, 2013: Community members gather for a candlelight vigil to remember Cable at the East Ridge Stable in Charleston. The event was organized by Nichole’s Angels, a group that has set up a memorial fund in Cable’s memory to support her family
- May 27, 2013: Friends and family attend the funeral of Nichole Cable at the Bangor Baptist Church. It draws more than 300 people to the service.
- May 29, 2013: Dube is indicted on one count of intentional or knowing murder and kidnapping. His defense attorney tries to keep the details about the case secret. Superior Court Justice William Anderson denies the request that most documents in the case be kept secret until Dube’s trial began. The affidavit is immedietaley released revealing that Dube wanted to “kidnap Nichole and hide her; that he would later find her and be the hero.” Details about Dube’s plan include creating a fake Facebook page, meeting her down the road in a ski mask and the kidnapping gone wrong. If convicted of murder, Dube faces between 25 years and life in prison.