BANGOR, Maine — A search warrant affidavit in the investigation of Nichole Cable’s death released Thursday states that Kyle Dube — the 20-year-old Orono man charged with her murder — attempted to “kiss and grope” the 15-year-old the day before she died.
Dube was charged on May 21 in connection with the death of Cable, of Alton and Glenburn, on Mother’s Day, the day she disappeared. Her body was found late May 20 in a wooded area of Old Town after Dube’s girlfriend and brother told police where Dube said he had left the girl’s body.
The state medical examiner has ruled Cable’s death a homicide. The cause of her death is expected to be released Friday or early next week, Mark Belserene, a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office, said Thursday.
The affidavit released Thursday details the relationships and electronic communications of Cable and those she knew, including Dube, in the hours leading up to her death.
Cable sent a text to her boyfriend early on May 12 saying that she hung out with Dube the night before, the affidavit filed by Maine State Police Detective Christopher Tupper states.
The boyfriend asked her why she was upset after hanging out with Dube.
“Kyle was trying to kiss and grope me I kept trying to push him off me and he…,” she sent at 8:48 a.m.
“Wouldn’t stop and he ended up leaving a [bite] mark on me. So as soon as he got off me I had him bring me home,” she sent about 20 seconds later.
Around the same time, Cable also sent a text message to Dube saying he left a bite mark.
“Sorry,” he responded.
“Its fine,” Cable told him.
When police questioned Dube about the bite mark, “Dube stated while kissing Nichole she bit him and he bit her back,” Tupper’s affidavit states.
Dube intended to “kidnap Nichole and hide her; that he would later find her and be the hero,” according to the first affidavit released last week, written by Maine State Police Detective Thomas D. Pickering.
Dube created a fake Facebook page using the name Bryan Butterfield of Bangor to communicate with Cable and lure her out of her home, according to both affidavits.
One of Cable’s friends told police that Cable sent her a text at 9:18 p.m. May 12 saying she was meeting “Butterfield.”
Investigators interviewed the real Bryan Butterfield on May 14, who told them about the fake Facebook account that listed his name but had a different picture. The real Butterfield told police he “vaguely knew Nichole” and provided an alibi for himself.
Butterfield told investigators that he suspected Dube had created “this fraudulent Facebook account; that he knew that Kyle wanted to have sex with Nichole, but that she has refused his advances,” the Pickering affidavit said.
The affidavit does not say how Butterfield knew this, but he told the Bangor Daily News on May 21 that he once dated Dube’s girlfriend.
Police linked Dube to the fake Facebook page because he updated the page using his cellphone, detectives discovered.
The same cellphone was used to communicate with Cable around the time she left her house. Her mom reported the teenager left about 9 p.m. to go get cigarettes from a friend.
“According to Nichole’s text messages and Facebook messages she was planning on meeting Bryan Butterfield at the end of her road to hang out for a few minutes, smoke marijuana, and get a free bag of marijuana,” Tupper’s affidavit states.
In the messages to her boyfriend on the day she died, Cable told him that she was hanging out with Dube and they were searching for a party being thrown by Butterfield.
The night she died, Cable texted Dube about meeting Butterfield.
“Soo I’m hanging out with bryan soon he just left from corinth and he’s smoking me up and giving me a free 20 bag. I’m pumped,” Cable texted to Dube at 9 p.m. May 12.
“Lucky bitch ;),” Dube replied.
“And people say looks don’t get you what you want … I didn’t even have to flirt with bryan,” Cable sent at 9:05 p.m.
“He’s probably ugly and just want the cute girls be around him,” Dube said.
“Haha probablyy. But I swear if he tried anything, I’ll stab him.. That makes me seem crazy or something,” she sent at 9:09 p.m.
“Just remember to call me or anything if you need me,” Dube responded.
“Alright, I will. Is it weird to be a little scared?” the 15-year-old sent at 9:15 p.m.
“No I wouldn’t be,” Dube replied three minutes later.
“Alright,” she responded at 9:20 p.m.
“Just don’t get to[o] stone[d],” Dube sent to Cable 23 minutes later.
Police say Dube’s whereabouts between 9:50 and 11 p.m. May 12 are unknown “but his cellular phone places him in the area of Bangor and Glenburn,” the affidavit states.
Dube arrived at his girlfriend’s house at 11 p.m., the court documents state. When police interviewed Dube on May 15, officers saw scratches on Dube’s face that he said he got from a person he takes care of at his job at the Getchell Agency, which provides assistance to people living with disabilities.
Investigators found a knit hat with an eye hole cut into it at the end of the dirt road in Glenburn where Cable was staying, and DNA found on the hat matched Dube. A sock found at the scene had DNA that matched both Dube and Cable.
One of her sneakers was found near the hat and the second one was found across the street, indicating to police that the girl attempted to run, the Tupper affidavit states.
A jogger on Route 221 noticed something suspicious on May 17 and called police who found a “length of black rope” and the pink hooded sweatshirt that Cable was wearing when she went out her mother’s door.
“The sweatshirt was dirty on the back but relatively clean on the front,” Tupper said in the court document. “One sleeve had been pulled inside out and the sweatshirt had been cut and-or ripped down the entire length of the front.”
“The evidence appears to be consistent with Nichole’s having been in some type of struggle and having been chased,” the detective said.