Staged Kidnap Ends In Missing Teen’s Death

A staged kidnap of a missing teen in Maine had a tragic outcome, and a man has been charged with murder after the girl died during the botched crime.

During the staged kidnap earlier this month, 15-year-old Nichole Cable was lured by a fake Facebook account to meet with Kyle Dube, 20. Dube is said to have intended to kidnap the girl, but with the goal of “rescuing” her and being hailed as a hero.

Police are still trying to figure out how the horrible plan went wrong, but Cable’s body was found in a wooded part of Old Town a week after she disappeared.

USAToday cites court documents describing the plan and Cable’s death, but how the teen died during the staged kidnap has not yet been determined:

“When Nichole came along, Dube jumped out and snatched her, duct-taped her and put her in the back of his father’s pickup truck, the affidavit said. The 20-year-old Dube later discovered that she was dead, so he dumped her body and covered it with branches, it said.”

In the subsequent investigation, it was discovered that Dube had propositioned Cable numerous times and been spurned, and that the 20-year-old man later posed as a friend of hers named Bryan Butterfield,

Cable had been speaking to Dube, who had been posing as Butterfield, before she disappeared on May 13. Butterfield discovered that someone had been posing as him on Facebook, and told police he suspected the man impersonating him was Dube.

Seacoast Online says that Dube was quickly located as the source of the fake account, and his brother and girlfriend told police what they knew about the crime:

“When a detective interviewed Dube’s girlfriend, Sarah Mersinger, she reported that Dube told her where he left Nichole’s body. Dube’s brother, Dustin Dube, then told police what he knew.”

Following the staged kidnap, Dube was indicted on charges of kidnapping and murder.