Poland ‘suspicious deaths’ ruled double homicide

Published: Feb. 24, 2023 at 5:20 PM EST
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POLAND, Maine (WABI/WMTW) - The Lewiston school community is mourning the loss of a student after he was found dead in what Maine State Police call a double homicide.

Mohamed Aden, 16, of Lewiston was found dead inside of a home Tuesday along with Shoeb Mohamed Adan, 21, of Springfield, Massachusetts.

The two are not related, according to officials.

Officials say the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department found them during a welfare check at a Tripp Lake Road residence just after 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Superintendent Jake Langlais, Aden had attended Lewiston High School and was pursuing his credits for graduation through the district’s Next STEP program.

“He is a beloved member of our community, striving for so many positive things, and he will be missed,” Langlais wrote in a letter to the school community Friday night.

Langlais said district leaders have been receiving pieces of information from Maine State Police since Tuesday but have not been able to share information until now.

“Investigations are ongoing and we are planning for how we will approach the week starting Monday. So many students, family, friends, and staff are shocked and hurting. Our hearts and prayers are with his family, fellow students, teachers, trusted adults and friends. So unimaginable,” Langlais wrote.

Investigators have not revealed how the two are believed to have died.

Police have been interviewing and following leads in Maine and Massachusetts.

They add there is no known threat to the public at this time.

Anyone with information can call the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department at 753-2599.