Neighbors say they just can’t believe it. It was just before dawn on Monday that firefighters responded to a fire at this home at 331 Oakfield-Smyrna road, and found the bodies of a man and a woman inside — both suspected to have been shot. This was one of three fires in the Oakfield Island Falls area.
Christopher Coleman, Lieutenant with the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit says, “The bulk of the morning has been trying to put the fires out, and also figure out what happened and if the fires are related to each other.”
The other two fires reported were at Katahdin Forest Products and a pickup truck in Island Falls. One neighbor of 331 Oakfield Smyrna road who was reluctant to go on camera told me she woke up to gunshots around four in the morning. Coleman says evidence found at this home led them to suspect 32 year old Matthew Davis of Houlton — who they spent the morning on the hunt for.
Coleman says, “Due to the circumstances of what we were finding at the scene in Oakfield there was a potential that the public was in danger so we wanted to find him as soon as we could.”
State police caught up with Davis on the Beaver Dam Point Road in Island Falls. It was around 10:45 in the morning, and he was inside a stolen vehicle. They took him into custody without incident.
Coleman says at this point State Police aren’t sure whether or not Davis knew the two victims or if he’s responsible for all of the crimes. The State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the three separate fires.
Ken Grimes of the State Fire Marshal’s Office says, “each fire scene requires a different amount of time to go through the examination, certainly the larger the scene, the more there is to look at, the longer it takes us…we could be up here for a couple of days.”
A tragic and unbelievably scary morning for these little towns. As State Police and the Fire Marshal’s office work to find the answers, neighbors tell me they won’t rest until they find out why.