Kyle Dube. Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail.
By Krister Rollins, WLBZ-TV, Bangor, Maine
BANGOR, Maine - A 20-year-old man was charged with murder Tuesday after a 15-year-old, whose mother thought she was going to meet a Facebook friend for the first time, never returned home.
Kyle Dube of Orono, Maine, was charged in connection with the death of Nichole Cable of Glenburn, Maine, after a body presumed to be Nichole's was found in a wooded area Monday night, Lt. Christopher Coleman of Maine State Police said at a news conference.
The teen had been missing since Mother's Day, May 12, and on Sunday about 500 volunteers searched the Glenburn, Hudson and Old Town area in suburban Bangor for clues to her disappearance. The area is about 110 miles northeast of Portland, Maine.
When he was charged, Dube was already in jail. He had turned himself in Friday to the Penobscot County Sheriff's Department on an unrelated charge, Coleman said.
He is serving a 90-day sentence for a high-speed motorcycle chase and crash in June, according to the Bangor Daily News. He had led police on a chase that reached speeds of 150 mph before his motorcycle hit a police cruiser. In 2011, he was convicted of carrying a loaded firearm or crossbow in a motor vehicle.
Dube is due in court on the murder charge Wednesday.
Tyler-Ann Harris, a 16-year-old who described herself as Nichole's best friend, said Dube and Nichole had met a couple of months earlier and planned to see each other the weekend she vanished before he had to report to jail.
"She was really happy even though she went through a lot of hard stuff in her life. She always knew how to see the bright side of things," Harris said, using a tissue to dab tears in her eyes. "She didn't always get along with people, and she had an attitude. But that's a teenage girl. And she was just happy all the time."
Harris, who met Nichole this year at Old Town High School in Old Town, Maine, where they were students, said she never had met Dube. She said Nichole wasn't fearful of him.
Although positive identification is pending, authorities believe the body is that of Nichole. The body is being turned over to the medical examiner for identification and to determine a cause of death.
Nichole's mother, Kristine Wiley, has said that she last saw her daughter May 12 when she said she was going out to meet someone she knew from Facebook. But Wiley said she didn't know who that person was and had pleaded for her daughter to come home, saying she won't be in trouble.
Dozens of law enforcement officers, using aircraft and dogs, and hundreds of civilian volunteers have spent days searching for the teen. An officer with the Maine Warden Service and his dog found the body around 9:30 p.m. Monday.
"This initially started as a missing person's case, and sadly it's transitioned to a homicide investigation," Penobscot County Sheriff Glenn Ross said.
Contributing: The Associated Press