October 04, 2022

Suspect sought in N. Sullivan slaying

ORONO — State police asked Wednesday for the public’s help in tracking down the suspected killer of a 58-year-old man slain last week in North Sullivan.

Described as being dangerous and possibly armed, Arnold Freeman Nash, 37, of North Sullivan, is being sought in connection with the death of Wilfred Gibeault, a disabled Korean War veteran found dead in his home on Friday.

Nash was last seen about 9 a.m. Saturday at the Bangor bus depot, said Detective Sgt. Barry Shuman, during a press conference in Orono.

“We do not know at this time whether he got on board the bus,” said the detective, adding that the bus was headed for Boston, but made stops in Maine and New Hampshire.

Nash, who has been convicted of burglary several times and escaped from the Maine State Prison in 1981, was described as a 5-foot-6-inch white male, 146 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde hair. The suspect is believed to have had the sides of his head shaved in a Mohawk-style haircut, said Shuman.

Nash also has used several aliases, including Arnold Grindle and Arnold Freeman, said Shuman. The suspect may be in possession of the victim’s identification, he said.

A nationwide search was initiated this weekend after Gibeault’s body was found by his son and daughter-in-law inside a cabin the victim was renting on the Hicks Road.

Formerly of New Bedford, Mass., Gibeault had lived in North Sullivan for a few months and had rented the cabin with another man, who is not a suspect in the case, said Shuman.

The detective also released the cause of death which Shuman said was “blunt trauma to same road, and I think there were some visi- tations at different times.”

Shuman said Nash’s parents also live on the same road. Inves- tigators talked with the parents, who said they last saw their son

on Saturday.

The detective said the investi- gation is continuing, with Detec- tive David Giroux heading the effort. Also participating is the Hancock County Sheriff’s De- partment and the Ellsworth Po- lice Department.

Anyone having information should call state police at the toll- free number, 1-800-432-7381.

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