Saco Maine – During a press conference this afternoon Maine State Police say the deaths of a Saco family late Saturday night was a quadruple murder-suicide. they went on to call it one of the worst cases of domestic violence in the state of Maine’s history. Detectives said 33-year-old Joel Smith shot his family Saturday night with a 12 gauge shotgun and then turned the gun on himself. The bodies of Joel, his wife Heather Smith, and the couple’s three children — Jason Montez, 12, Noah Montez, 7, and four year old Lily Smith were found in an apartment in Saco Maine after a maintenance worker was asked to check on them by a family friend. Joel Smith’s body was found on the floor with the gun by his side. There was no suicide note found. A family friend said Heather Smith told them that Joel had threatened suicide earlier that week. Several neighbors said they had heard loud noises Saturday night.
Two Tubers’ trip turned into an overnight stay this weekend. Two men from southern NH found themselves a bit lost this weekend, when they lost track of their tubing group while going down what they believed was the Saco. The group ended up accidentally floating down the Swift River instead, when they put in at Bear Notch Road. 26-year-old Matthew Eillis and 21-year-old Dylan Meyers lost their group around a bend. The Party decided 2 miles into their trip to cut it short and walked to their car parked by Lower Falls. The two men continued down the river until dark only making it 1 and half miles. Their friends contacted authorities that helped in a search. Shoe-less the two men were eventually able to make their way out of the woods on their own around daybreak, both in good condition. The U.S. Forest Service prohibits swimming at Rocky Gorge, the section of river the group intended to travel, due to a dangerous waterfall. In a statement the NH Fish and Game said that the Swift River is not a recommended tubing destination, and reminds people that the Lower Falls is closed.
A powerboat crashed into a canoe on Lake Winnipesaukee this past Friday afternoon. State police say an Idaho man had to jump into the water to avoid being hit by a motorboat in the area between Rattlesnake and Sleepers Island in Alton. Authorities say the operator, a 74-year-old man from Massachusetts, was going about 30 mph when his 20-foot Centurion hit the canoe. Luckily Fifty-year-old Robert Cavallaro of Driggs, Idaho, suffered only minor injuries. The investigation is still on going and alcohol does not appear to be a factor.
The state medical examiner plans to conduct autopsies Monday on the bodies of five family members who appeared to be shot to death in an apartment in Saco Maine. The bodies were discovered Sunday afternoon when a maintenance worker was asked to check on the family, by a concerned friend of the family. Inside the Riverview Apartment a gun was found among the five bodies including those of three children ages 4, 7 and 12. A detective said murder-suicide was one of the scenarios being investigated. Investigators say it appears no one outside the family was responsible for the shootings, believed to have happened Saturday night.