May 21, 2013

Murder suspect 'so normal,' but had past arrests

In June 2012, Dube led police on a 130 mile-per-hour high-speed chase on I-95 north of Bangor, and was about to go to prison.

By Eric Russell
Staff Writer

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This June 2012 photo provided by the Penobscot County Jail via Maine State Police shows Kyle Dube, of Orono, Maine. Dube, 20, was charged Tuesday, with murder in the death of Nichole Cable, who was last seen May 12, 2013. Police say a body found in the woods on Monday night is likely that of the high school student. (AP Photo/Penobscot County Jail via Maine State Police)


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Kyle Dube's Facebook page.

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Ty Taylor, who lives in Dedham, said he hung out with Dube but hasn't seem him in months. They used to skate at Great Skates in Bangor and sometimes went to the same car shows.

"He was a fun guy. He wasn't crazy or anything," Taylor said.

Dube has been living with his parents and younger brother, Dustin, on Maplewood Avenue in Orono, within walking distance of the Maine State Police Troop E barracks. Neighbors said they think the family has lived in the house for about four years.

Tim Hackett said the Dubes seem like a nice family. He said he often has seen Kyle working on cars in the driveway.

"He was very helpful," Hackett said, recalling a time when Dube hauled boxes for him. "As a parent, I feel for both families. It's a human tragedy."

Dave Basti, another neighbor, said he doesn't know the family well, but state police vans were at the home all day Sunday.

"They scoured the place. There were a lot of people, a lot of officers," he said. Police have said that Cable, shortly before she disappeared, planned to connect with a man she had met on Facebook, named Bryan Butterfield. A man by that name was questioned by police but told a WLBZ-TV reporter last week that he had nothing to do with Cable's disappearance.

Melissa Kim of WLBZ interviewed Dube last week for a story about Cable's disappearance. Kim said she went to Dube's home in Orono after hearing that police were searching it. At that point, Dube had not been charged.

Dube told Kim that Cable was a friend and that police wanted to talk to him about her.

When Kim found out Tuesday that Dube had been charged with Cable's murder, she said the news was "mind boggling."

"He was so normal. I can't wrap my head around that," Kim said.

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