Nichole Cable Kidnapped, Killed By Would-Be Hero, Police Say

Image: Nichole Cable Kidnapped, Killed By Would-Be Hero, Police Say June 2012 photo provided by the Penobscot County Jail via Maine State Police shows Kyle Dube, of Orono, Maine.

Friday, 31 May 2013 02:10 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Kyle Dube wanted to look like a hero. Instead, he's indicted for the murder of 15-year-old Nichole Cable in a bizarre kidnapping plot.

Dube, 20, is accused of creating a fake Facebook account impersonating a student from a different school and luring the teenager from her home for "some smokes" so he could stage her kidnapping and subsequent rescue, according to a state police affidavit released Wednesday.

Wearing a ski mask, he allegedly snatched her, duct-taped her, and placed her in the back of his father's pickup truck, where she later died, according to Detective Thomas Pickering.

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Her body was found in a secluded area of Old Town, Maine, covered with branches, on May 20, eight days after her Mother's Day disappearance. The affidavit, released after Dube was indicted, doesn't explain how the girl was duct-taped. The cause of death is still being investigated.

Dube allegedly told his brother of his plan. His girlfriend, Sarah Mersinger, told police during an interview that Dube told her where Cable was buried.

One of Cable's friends, Bryan Butterfield, told police that someone had opened a Facebook account in his name and he thought it was Dube. Butterfield told detectives that Dube was rejected in his attempts to have sex with Cable. As the fake Butterfield, Dube established frequent contact with Cable and finally got her to agree to meet him at the end of her road for marijuana on the night she went missing, according to the affidavit.

Police traced the owner of the fake Butterfield account to Dube and his parents' home in Orono, Maine.

Residents of Old Town and its surrounding areas remain in shock in the aftermath Cable's death. More than 300 people, many of them wearing yellow ribbons, attended her Memorial Day funeral, according to the Bangor Daily News.

As they try to deal with the threats posed by Internet predators, some of Cable's classmates have significantly reduced their social media use — or closed their accounts for good — or become more vigilant regarding contacts.

"A couple of my friends have deleted their Facebook, and some of my friends don't have Facebook anymore," said the 16-year-old Ashley Pattershall, who was a close friend of Cable. Pattershall said the fake Butterfield account had contacted her as well, prompting her to delete her Facebook "friend" lists, and only connects with confirmed friends.

Cable's mother, Kristin Wiley, told the Bangor Daily News on Thursday that she wants to meet with school principals to find better ways to protect teens online.

"We need to get awareness out. Even the Bible says, 'Do not stand idle by.' I'm not going to stand idle. For my daughter, I will not stand idle. I will do whatever I can," she told the paper.

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