Authorities have made an arrest in the
slaying of a 27-year-old Ellsworth man whose body was found last
week in a ditch in the Hancock County town of Amherst.
State police detectives arrested 34-year-old John Turner of
Bangor and charged him with murder in the death of Tad Howard.
Spokesman Steve McCausland of the Public Safety Department said
Turner was arrested this afternoon at Acadia Hospital, a
psychiatric facility in Bangor. He was transported to the Hancock
County Jail and is expected to make his initial appearance Monday
in Superior Court in Ellsworth.
Authorities revealed for the first time that Howard had been
shot to death. And McCausland said Howard and Turner knew each
other, but the spokesman declined to go into specifics.
Howard’s body was found July Ninth and police immediately
labeled the death suspicious. Investigators later classified the
case as a homicide but said they did not believe anyone else was in