Maine state police have confirmed that Robert Card, the suspect in the mass shooting in Maine, left a final message for a loved one before his body was discovered in a trailer at his place of work.
Card’s remains were located by Maine State Police at 7:45 pm on Friday evening, concluding a 48-hour manhunt that commenced following Wednesday night’s tragic mass shooting.
According to Maine Commissioner of Public Safety Michael Sauschuck, Card left a message for a loved one that included his cell phone passcode and bank details.
Sauschuck clarified on Saturday that although it wasn’t explicitly described as a suicide note, its content suggested that Card was aware he wouldn’t be present.
“This isn’t unusual in cases of suicide,” Sauschuck remarked. He further affirmed that Card’s body was discovered in a trailer at Maine Recycling in Lisbon.
However, he couldn’t ascertain whether Card was still employed there at the time of the tragedy.
Sauschuck also verified the discovery of two firearms beside the body, in addition to the long gun located in Card’s white Subaru. It appears that Card succumbed to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Despite the recycling plant having been thoroughly searched for Card on two occasions, Sauschuck acknowledged that the owner of Maine Recycling was exceptionally thorough in ensuring all trailers on the premises were cleared.
The owner was aware that Card was familiar with the property, Sauschuck noted.
Card’s remains were eventually located in a trailer situated in an overflow parking lot, an area that hadn’t been checked during the initial two searches of the vicinity.
As for a motive, it remains unclear, though Sauschuck did acknowledge, “I believe there’s evidently a mental health aspect to this.” While there were prior reports suggesting Card might have been admitted to a mental health facility during the summer, Sauschuck stated there’s no evidence to substantiate that assertion.
“Up to this point, we haven’t found any indication that Mr. Card was involuntarily committed for treatment,” Sauschuck affirmed.
The horrifying incident unfolded shortly before 7 pm on Wednesday, as Card burst into the Just-In-Time Recreation bowling alley, formerly referred to as Sparetime. He then proceeded to carry out his violent spree at Schemengees Bar and Grille down the road. Tragically, a total of 18 individuals lost their lives, while another 13 sustained injuries across both locations.
The 18 victims have now been identified as Peyton Brewer-Ross, 39; Ronald G. Morin, 55; Tommy Conrad, 34; Michael Deslauriers II, 51; Bryan MacFarlane, 41; Arthur Fred Strout, 42; Joseph “Joey” Walker, 57; Joshua Seal, 36; Tricia Asselin, 53; Maxx Hathaway, 35; William and Aaron Young, 44 and 14, respectively, Robert “Bob” Violette and his wife Lucy, 76 and 73 respectively; Jason Adam Walker, 51; Keith D. Macneir, 64; William Frank Brackett, 48; and Stephen M. Vozzella, 45.
Sauschuck stated on Saturday that three of the wounded individuals are still in critical condition.
He also mentioned that investigators are still in the process of examining evidence from both shooting locations, as well as the area where Card’s body was discovered.
This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.