MOLUNKUS TOWNSHIP, Maine ― Investigators with the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit have completed their search for evidence at the home of a registered sex offender whose body reportedly was hidden in his Macwahoc Road home by a man who later committed suicide during a standoff on Interstate 95.
What evidence was removed from the home of the late Lawrence J. Lewis, 68, is not being released, and the cause of his death is still pending, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Thursday morning. The medical examiner has determined it was a homicide.
“I do not expect, at this point, any new information to be released,” McCausland said. “This is going to be a lengthy and complicated investigation.”
Lewis’ body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy, which has been delayed by the need for additional testing.
“We await the final conclusions from the medical examiner’s office [and] additional interviews to be completed,” McCausland said. “I don’t expect any additional information to be released this week.”
Bruce Heal, 59, who also was known as Bruce King and other aliases, was involved in a four-hour standoff with police Monday night that ended when he used a .30-30 rifle to take his own life.
During the standoff that closed I-95, “Heal told Penobscot deputies that he was responsible for Lewis’ death and that Lewis’ body was hidden inside his house in Molunkus,” McCausland said in a Wednesday release.
Police went to Lewis’ home and found his body inside.
Lewis was on the state’s sex offender registry for life after having been convicted in 1996 of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old boy who lived in the same household, according to Bangor Daily News archives.
Heal married Lynda Dube, 43, of Mattawamkeag on March 1, after she divorced William Fogg in February and changed back to her maiden name, according to court documents filed in Penobscot County. State police have identified Dube as Fogg.
Heal and his new wife moved in with Lewis in the fall but recently moved out and had been staying at motels and with relatives, McCausland said.
She was driving him south in a rented U-Haul truck when Penobscot County deputies stopped them on Monday just south of Lincoln.
Dube, who also has an alias of Lynda Gordon, got away from the vehicle and has cooperated with investigators, McCausland said.
When seen at the Lincoln Public Safety Building late Thursday afternoon, where she was getting her purse and other items left behind in the U-Haul truck, Lynda Dube angrily declined to comment on Heal’s death. She called a Bangor Daily News reporter a “stalker” before leaving in her sister’s vehicle.
Dube was wearing a knit cap over what was apparently hair cut very short, glasses and pants. A man who answered the door at Dube’s sister’s home in Lincoln said that Dube would be living with a friend in Winn.
Dube’s stepbrother Royal Dube said Thursday that he was surprised to hear of the incident on I-95. He said he had not spoken to his stepsister in about a year. The last time he saw her, she was living with Bill Fogg in a trailer in Mattawamkeag that lacked running water or heat, he said. He described his relationship with his stepsister as somewhat distant.
When visited at his home in Mattawamkeag on Thursday, Fogg declined to comment on Dube.
Interviewed at her Mattawamkeag home, Dube’s mother, who asked that her name not be used, said she was a very religious person, both Pentecostal and Roman Catholic. She said she first heard of Heal when he and her daughter lived with Lewis at Lewis’ home last fall.
Dube’s mother and her husband expressed surprise when Dube told of her marriage to Heal. She thought they had broken up just beforehand.
“She had eloped,” her mother said. “She said she was very happy … It was just a little much for us.”
News of the suicide and apparent homicide have left Dube’s mother concerned about her daughter’s safety.
“I felt like Forrest Gump,” her mother said. “I wanted to run right out the door and keep on running.”