ORLAND – Fourteen years ago, a Brooklin man was shot to death in Orland. His death remains as one of the state’s unsolved homicides.
A man who lives across the road from the trailer where brothers Brian and Larry Allen were staying in 2005 says he remembers hearing a gunshot he thinks killed his neighbor.
“I heard the gunshot,” said Scott Ames of Orland. “I didn’t think anything of it. I went outside at whatever time it was. I saw some guy walking around the front of the house. I didn’t think anything of it. Next thing I know, probably a few hours later, I don’t know how many hours later, a state police trooper came knocking at my door.”
On July 15, 2005, Larry Allen reported he discovered his brother, Brian Allen, 46, dead in the mobile home they shared. Maine State Police are handling the investigation.
“He said, ‘Did you see anybody?’ I said, ‘Yea, I saw him but I don’t know who it was,’” Ames recalled of the interview, sitting in his kitchen.
Ames and his wife both were interviewed by state police detectives.
“Early in the morning. Early in the morning. I would say probably five or six anyway,” he said of the time he heard the gunshot.
He described the man he saw outside the trailer that morning.
“Tall. He looked tall,” Ames said. “I can’t remember what color hair. It’s been unsolved for so many years, I have no idea.”
Brian Allen’s body was found in a bed in the Front Ridge Road trailer, located just down the hill from the G.M. Allen & Sons blueberry processing plant where the brothers worked. Brian Allen was originally from Brooklin.
A gun was located inside the trailer near the bed.
About a month after the death, the state medical examiner released the cause of death — Allen died from a gunshot wound to the head.
A Maine State Police Facebook post issued Monday states, “based on an investigation into the cause of Brian’s death, this case was ruled a homicide.”
A local newspaper reported that detectives searched nearby Meadow Brook and drained an irrigation pond located behind Allen’s blueberry plant to no avail.
They also reported Allen had a reputation for being friendly and generous in his hometown.
“I’m just surprised that they never solved it because the state police were here,” Ames said. “I never heard anything about it for a long time. This is, it’s been 14 years.”