Girl, 15, dies as staged kidnap plan backfires

A man used a fake Facebook account to lure a teenage girl out of her house in an attempt to stage her kidnapping and rescue so he could look like a hero but ended up killing her.

Kyle Dube was indicted on charges of murder and kidnapping in the death of Nichole Cable, 15.

He body was found in a wooded area this month in Maine, a week after she went missing.

In an affidavit, Detective Thomas Pickering wrote that Dube told his brother that he used Facebook to trick her into going out of her house while he waited in the woods wearing a ski mask.

When Nichole came along, the 20-year-old jumped out and snatched her, duct-taped her and put her in the back of his father’s pickup truck.

Dube later discovered she was dead, and dumped her body and covered it with branches, it said.

The cause of Nichole’s death is still being determined by the medical examiner’s office.

Dube told his brother that he “intended to kidnap Nichole and hide her; that he would later find her and be the hero.”

Nichole was reported missing on May 13 by her mother.

Police interviewed a friend of Nichole’s named Bryan Butterfield, who said somebody had set up a fake Facebook account in his name and he suspected Dube.

Butterfield told detectives that Dube wanted to have sex with Nichole but she had rejected his advances, the affidavit said.

Investigators determined that Nichole had frequent contact with the fake Butterfield on Facebook and that the person posing as him repeatedly requested to meet with her before she agreed to meet with him at the end of her road to get some marijuana.

Police asked Facebook officials to produce records to identify the owner of the fake account, which was traced to Dube and his parents’ home in Orono.

Dube’s girlfriend, Sarah Mersinger, told detectives that Dube told her where he left Nichole’s body. Dube’s brother, Dustin Dube, then told police what he knew.


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