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Suspicious death investigated in Maine township

March 12, 2013

MOLUNKUS TOWNSHIP, Maine (AP) — The death of a 68-year-old man in northern Maine has been deemed suspicious and is linked to another man who fatally shot himself during a standoff with police on an interstate highway, State Police said Tuesday.

The body of Lawrence Lewis was found Monday night in his home on Route 2 in Molunkus Township, near Medway, officials said. The body was expected to be taken to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy Tuesday.

Lewis’ death is connected to a four-hour standoff earlier Monday that ended with 59-year-old Bruce King killing himself inside a U-Haul truck on Interstate 95 near Lincoln, said police spokesman Stephen McCausland. King and a 43-year-old woman who was driving the truck were sought by police after Lewis was reported missing by relatives over the weekend, McCausland said.

After Penobscot County sheriff’s deputies stopped the truck, King put a rifle to his head, starting a standoff during which interstate traffic was diverted.

The woman, who was not injured and whose name has not been released, left the truck shortly after it pulled over into the breakdown lane.

After King was found dead in the truck around 8 p.m. Monday, investigators were led to Lewis’ home, where they found his body, McCausland said.

King and the woman had been staying in recent days at a Medway motel and with relatives, police said.

Detectives have obtained warrants to search Lewis’ home, the U-Haul truck and other locations, including the Medway motel room where King had stayed.

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