A man charged in connection with the death of a Maine teenager apparently staged the girl's kidnapping so he could become a hero.
According to statements made by Kyle Dube's brother and girlfriend, the 20-year-old from Orono arranged to meet with 15-year-old Nichole Cable in the woods near her house in Glenburn on May 12th.
A ski-masked Dube then proceeded to attack the teen, duct-tape her mouth, place her in the back of a pickup truck owned by his father, and drive away.
After reaching his destination, Dube found Nichole had died en route, and decided to dump her body in a wooded area in Old Town.
Dube became a suspect in the girl's disappearance after Nichole's friend Bryan Butterfield informed the authorities on May 14th that Dube had set up a fake Facebook page in Butterfield's name to gain Nichole's trust.
Butterfiled told investigators that "Kyle wanted to have sex with Nichole, but that she has refused his advances."
On May 12th, Nichole texted a friend to say she was meeting "Butterfield" to buy marijuana, and disappeared shortly thereafter.
With help from Facebook, investigators traced the IP address associated with the fake Butterfield account back to Dube's parent's house, where he is currently residing.
Dube's DNA was also found on clothing left behind near the spot where Nichole was last believed to be.
The teen's body was discovered on May 20th; Dube was charged the following day.
An exact cause of death has yet to be determined.
The affidavit states that Dube planned to "kidnap Nichole and hide her" so that "he would later find her and be the hero."
A grand jury indicted Dube yesterday on charges of murder and kidnapping. If convicted, he faces a sentence of 25 to life.
[photo via Facebook, mug shot via Penobscot County Jail]