February 17, 2019
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State police rule deaths of couple in Manchester homicides

MANCHESTER, Maine — A man and woman found early Christmas morning inside a SUV in an isolated area died as a result of gunshot wounds, according to the Maine State Police.

They were identified Friday evening as Eric Williams, 35, and Bonnie Royer, 26, both of Augusta. The two lived together on Easy Street in Augusta, less than a mile from where the vehicle was found on the side of Sanford Road in an isolated area.

Autopsies were performed Saturday at the state medical examiner’s office. Their deaths were ruled homicides, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland.

No new information was released Sunday.

McCausland said one of the victims called 911 about 3:30 a.m. on Christmas. Sanford Road is a dirt road near a number of sand and gravel pits. There are no houses in the immediate area, he said in a news release Friday night.

The SUV was towed to the Maine State Police Crime Lab, where it was being examined for evidence.

Sanford Road, which runs through a rural area of Kennebec County where the car was found, was closed most of Friday while evidence was gathered, he said.

Detectives are attempting to retrace the couple’s footsteps on Christmas Eve, McCausland said.

State police are asking anyone who had contact with Williams and Royer Thursday to call state police in Augusta at 624-7076.

Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office deputies are assisting in the investigation.



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