2017-03-18 / Front Page

Coito deaths remain under investigation


ARUNDEL — Maine State Police and the Office of the Maine Medical Examiner are continuing their investigation into the deaths of husband and wife, Matthew and Sue Kim Coito, gathering information to find answers as to what transpired at the couple's home earlier this month.

“That information combined with what investigators have already gathered will come together at some point in the future as we make some conclusions as to what happened,” said Maine Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland on Friday. He estimated it would be a week or more before any more information would be forthcoming.

Police have said Matthew Coito, 63, whose body was found in the kitchen of the couple’s 45 Campground Road home on March  8, died of a gunshot wound. The manner of his death has not been released by the Office of the Medical  Examiner.

Sue Kim Coito, 65, whom police said had Alzheimer’s disease, was missing when her husband’s body was found. She was found dead two days later, March 10, about 375 yards into the woods off Campground Road.

Relatives hadn't heard from the couple for several days and went to check on them. After finding Coito's body inside his home, they called York County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office, in turn, called state police for assistance in the death investigation.

Authorities have termed the deaths suspicious. Maine State Police Sgt. Chris Harriman told reporters a week ago that what transpired had been narrowed down to a couple of possible scenarios.

McCausland told the Journal Tribune last week there was no evidence of break-in at the Campground Road home.

“No one else was involved in this sad story other than the husband and wife,” he said.

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