Father-son discovered dead in driveway of their Gray home


GRAY — Authorities expect to release the autopsy results Wednesday of a father and son found dead from gunshot wounds in the driveway of their Gray home Tuesday afternoon.

 “We do not think anyone else is involved,” said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. “It may be clearer when the medical examiner completes the autopsies and determines the manner of death.”

The victims, 44-year-old Daniel McLatchie and his 22-year-old son, Benjamin McLatchie, were discovered around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at their home at 227 Yarmouth Road, which is also Route 115. A rifle was found near the bodies when deputies from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office arrived. Authorities spent much of the afternoon collecting evidence from the home and yard.

Autopsies will be conducted at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta. McCausland said no details about the shootings were available, nor was any information available about exactly where the gun was found.

Both men lived at the house, along with Allison McLatchie, 45, wife and mother of the victims. A statement issued by McCausland reported that Allison McLatchie was at work at the time of the shootings.

Nestled by quiet woods, complete with an old-fashioned stone fence separating properties and well-manicured flower beds, the 1½-story home sits back several hundred feet off Route 115.

Neighbor Stephen Harris said he did not know the family well and was very surprised by the deaths.

“I couldn’t have even told you who lived there,” Harris said as he arrived home from work Tuesday evening. “They seemed nice.”