June 24, 2018
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Police probing death of Troy man discovered in Skowhegan

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

SKOWHEGAN, Maine — Police investigators were sharing few details Friday about what they were calling the “suspicious death” of a Troy man.

The body of Richard Howe, 63, of Troy, was found Thursday afternoon in an apartment at 36 High St. in Skowhegan.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Friday that “every indication” is that Howe died Thursday in the apartment, which is rented by a female acquaintance. The woman, who lives in the apartment alone, has been questioned by police, according to a press release, though McCausland would not say whether investigators believed she was involved in Howe’s death.

McCausland said Howe knew the woman but wouldn’t describe their relationship. “That’s one of the things we’re trying to firm up,” he said.

Police were called to the apartment at about 2 p.m. Thursday, and a team of 10 state police detectives and officers from the Skowhegan Police Department spent Thursday night and early Friday morning at the scene, said McCausland.

An autopsy of the man’s body at the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta was scheduled for Saturday. McCausland said detectives were awaiting the results of the autopsy and consulting with the Maine Attorney General’s Office about their next move.

“There’s just not a lot of information available until the medical examiner gives us something conclusive,” said McCausland

The apartment building has several units and is located near the Somerset County Courthouse in downtown Skowhegan.

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