A beloved Maine couple is dead and a man who was renting a room from them is charged with killing them early Friday inside their home, say police.
On Friday at about 1:30 a.m., Androscoggin Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a 911 call “for what was reported as a home invasion scenario with possible gunshot(s),” Maine State Police spokeswoman Katherine England said in a release.
When deputies arrived at the home on Knight Farm Road in Turner, they found a man identified as Troy Varney, 52, unresponsive on the floor, and his wife, Dulsie Varney, 48, in medical distress.
They were rushed to a local hospital where they later died.
Deputies found the suspect, identified as Patrick Maher, 24, of Turner, inside the house and took him into custody.
Police have not said what might have led Maher to kill the couple.
Sources told the Sun Journal that Maher allegedly “ambushed” the couple inside their home.
A family member told the Sun Journal that in recent days, Dulsie Varney “had become afraid of Maher,” though it’s unclear why.
The victims allegedly were stabbed multiple times, the Sun Journal, citing unidentified sources, reports. It’s unclear if they were shot.
Despite life-threatening wounds, Troy Varney is believed to have fought with Maher, holding him until deputies arrived, the Sun Journal reports, again citing unidentified sources.
Maine State Police Detectives charged Maher with two counts of murder.
He is being held in the Androscoggin County Jail without bail.
He has not yet entered a plea.
It is unclear whether he has retained an attorney who can speak on his behalf.
As authorities continue to investigate, the couple’s family and friends are mourning their loss.
A GoFundMe has been started in the couple’s honor and to support their daughters.