SANGERVILLE – A Saco heating contractor and his son were found dead Sunday morning at a hunting camp.

Maine State Police are calling the deaths of 49-year-old Andrew Giroux and 25-year-old Dustin Giroux, also of Saco, “unexplained.”

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said the state Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies, most likely today.

State police are looking to the medical examiner for answers as to what caused the father and son to die within hours of each other, McCausland said.

“We are not talking about a shooting death here,” was all that McCausland would say Sunday night.

State police said that Andrew Giroux owned the hunting camp,  located on Shaw Road in Sangerville — a small town near Dover-Foxcroft.

McCausland said Andrew and Dustin Giroux and four other men spent the weekend at the camp.

Arthur Giroux of Saco, who is Andrew Giroux’s father and Dustin Giroux’s grandfather, said his son and grandson operated A&D Giroux Heating.

Andrew Giroux founded the business more than 20 years ago. Dustin Giroux joined his father about eight years ago.

Giroux said his son and grandson went to the camp with friends for “a get-together” before Dustin Giroux’s wedding, which was scheduled for Aug. 21.

Giroux said the six men had gone out Saturday evening to a nightclub, returned by 9 p.m., and started a bonfire outside the camp.

“They were sitting around the fire and having a good time,” Giroux said.

Then they went to sleep.

The next morning, Giroux said, another grandson left the camp around 7 a.m., and noticed that Andrew Giroux was “snoring and sleeping well.”

Andrew Giroux was later found dead outside the camp by his companions, according to state police.

McCausland said those men found Dustin Giroux “in distress” in his bedroom a short while later. “He was having breathing difficulties,” McCausland said.

The men administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as did an ambulance crew which was called to the camp.

Dustin Giroux died at the camp.

All of the men have been interviewed by state police detectives, and there is no “immediate indication of foul play,” McCausland said.

Giroux said his family hopes that the autopsies will provide answers.

“We don’t know how they died or what they died from,” Giroux said. “All we know is it was not a shooting death.”

 

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