The appeal of being a hero transformed one man into a villain.
Kyle Dube, 20, is accused of creating a fake Facebook account to lure Nichole Cable, 15, from her home in Glenburn, Maine so he could kidnap and later "rescue" her. But his depraved scheme fell apart when he allegedly killed the teen girl and dumped her body in the woods Mother's Day night.
Dube, of Orono, Maine, wanted to "kidnap Nichole and hide her; (so) that he would later find her and be the hero," said Maine State Police Det. Thomas D. Pickering.
Cable's mother reported her missing the next day and — after a weeklong search — the girl's body was found hidden beneath sticks behind a gas station in Old Town on May 20. DNA evidence linked Cable to Dube, according to an affidavit written by Pickering.
Dube was charged with murder and kidnapping the following day. The Penobscot County grand jury indicted him on those charges Wednesday.
The abduction-turned-killing was arranged through a fake Facebook profile for Bryan Butterfield from Bangor — the IP address was later traced to a computer in Dube's family home.
The real Butterfield, who knew both Dube and Cable, told investigators that he suspected Dube of creating this fake account, adding, "Kyle wanted to have sex with Nichole, but that she has refused his advances," according to the affidavit.
Investigators concluded that Dube repeatedly asked Cable to meet with this fake profile, after reviewing Cable's account. Cable eventually agreed to meet with "Butterfield" to get marijuana.
Dube admitted to a detective that he lurked behind bushes, wearing a ski mask, holding duct tape, waiting for Cable to arrive. When she arrived, Dube allegedly threw her into the back of his father's pickup truck but discovered that she was dead when he tried to remove her. That is when Dube, police say, ditched her body in the woods.
It appears that the duct tape Dube used to tape Cable’s mouth shut suffocated her. But the state medical examiner is still looking into exactly how she died, reported the Portland Press Herald.
Dube is being held without bail at Penobscot County Jail. If convicted of murder he could face up to life in prison, according to Bangor Daily News. His arraignment date has not yet been set.
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