(PatriotWise.com) — The gunman in last Wednesday’s mass shootings in Lewiston, Maine, that claimed the lives of 18 people was found dead last Friday after a two-day mass manhunt involving state, local, and federal law enforcement, CBS News reported.
The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the body of Robert Card, 40, was found near a Lisbon-area recycling plant. According to Maine Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mike Sauschuck, Card died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Sauschuck said in a press conference Friday night that law enforcement located Card’s body around 7:45 p.m. Friday near the Androscoggin River, about 8 miles southwest of Lewiston in the town of Lisbon.
Card’s white Subaru Outback was found earlier on Friday, abandoned by a boat launch on the Androscoggin River.
In a press conference on Saturday, Maine officials said Card’s body was located in the back of a tractor-trailer at the Maine Recycling Corporation in the overflow parking lot.
Law enforcement had already searched the recycling plant twice since Card had previously worked there. However, Sauschuck told reporters that the overflow parking lot was not searched until the owner of the property contacted law enforcement to suggest that they check it.
Sauschuck acknowledged that the first three people to contact law enforcement and identify Card from photos of the suspect released after the shooting were members of Card’s family.
While he wouldn’t say which family members contacted the police, Sauschuck said Card’s family has been “very cooperative.”
Governor Janet Mills told reporters that she had informed President Biden that Card was found dead and said like everyone else, she was “breathing a sigh of relief” that he is “no longer a threat to anyone.”
Officials confirmed on Saturday that they were attempting to access the data on Card’s cell phone to see if there were any clues as to his motive in last Wednesday’s deadly rampage.
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