FREEPORT – Maine State Police say the deaths of a father and son inside a Durham Road home in Freeport June 25 were a result of murder-suicide.

Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, identified the victims as John Dorrington, 66, and his son, Nicholas Dorrington, 32.

“We believe it was a murder-suicide,” said McCausland. “It appears the father shot the son and then shot himself.”

McCausland said Nicholas Dorrington was going through a divorce and had recently moved in with his parents at the home on 53 Durham Road.

Investigators recovered a .22 caliber handgun in the house and believe it was the weapon used in the killings.

Joyce Dorrington, the wife of John and mother of Nicholas, discovered the bodies in a bedroom after the two men did not show up for work at L.L. Bean, where she is also employed. The Maine State Mobile Crime Unit was at the residence for most of the afternoon as law enforcement officials tried to piece together what happened. Friends and family members declined a request to talk and asked for privacy after what man said was an “unthinkable tragedy.”

Freeport has not had a recorded case of murder in 41 years, said Freeport Police Lt. Susan Nourse.


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