The brother of a Caribou homicide victim is offering a reward he hopes will help generate information about the unsolved case.

Joe Bourgoine has spent the last six years saving money to offer the $10,000 reward in the unsolved death of his brother, 58-year-old Kenneth Zernicke.

Ken Zernicke (left) and his brother Joe Bourgoine are seen in an undated family photo. Photo courtesy Maine State Police

Zernicke’s body was found by firefighters after they put out a fire in his Lyndon Street house on Sept. 24, 2015. His death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office, but the case was never solved, according to Maine State Police.

“It’s a small town. Somebody knows what happened to my brother. I just want them to come forward and do the right thing. I’m hoping this reward will help make that happen” Bourgoine said in a statement released by state police.

Bourgoine described his brother as an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. He lived in a house located at a busy four-way intersection and state police detectives have always hoped someone saw something that could help with the investigation, said Shannon Moss, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Detective Adam Bell at 532-5400.

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