ELLSWORTH, Maine — A 30-year-old Ellsworth man has been charged with murder in connection with the Christmas Day death of his wife, according to a report in the Ellsworth American.

Christopher Saenz was arrested late Friday, according to the report. His wife, 29-year-old Hillary Saenz, was found dead in the couple’s apartment on Central Street in Ellsworth on the afternoon of Christmas.

According to neighbors, the deceased is a mother of two who lived in the house on Central Street with her two young children and husband.

Early in the afternoon on Christmas Day, the children, ages 12 and 8, knocked on a neighbor’s door and told the woman who answered that their mother wasn’t waking up.

The neighbor, who asked not to be identified, had a casserole in her hands when the children arrived and was on her way to another neighbor’s house.

She told them to meet her there and said that’s where they stayed for the rest of the day as concerned relatives of the young family arrived at the scene.

“It turned Christmas dinner into a wake,” said another neighbor.

A state trooper has been on the scene since Wednesday guarding the house. Investigators have been inside the house, but neighbors reported that the scene has been quiet.

“She was a very sweet person, working two jobs,” said the neighbor whose door the children had knocked on. “She just got a nursing assistant job. She was so proud of that.”

The neighbor said she believes the children and their father are now staying with their uncle.

Nell Gluckman

Nell is the education reporter for the Bangor Daily News, but she will be helping out the political team by covering the 2nd Congressional District election this year. Before joining the Bangor Daily News...