CARIBOU, Maine — The investigation into the murder of a Caribou man found inside his burning home on Sept. 24 continues, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Few details have been released surrounding the death of Kenneth Zernicke, who would have turned 59 on Oct. 1, including the cause of his death.

“We have received a few calls from the public, but are looking for more,” McCausland said Friday. “State police detectives have conducted a number of interviews with family and friends and that work will continue.”

Detectives, working with members of the Caribou Police Department, removed evidence from Zernicke’s 5 Lower Lyndon St. home for analysis at the crime lab in Augusta, McCausland said.

Zernicke’s body was discovered in the house just before 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, after Caribou firefighters went to deal with the fire call. The body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta, where an autopsy was performed.

Police declared the death a homicide the day after the body was recovered. That same day they also conducted an informational roadblock in the area in an effort to find passers-by who might have seen someone entering or leaving the residence about the time of the fire.

Anyone who saw any activity at or around Zernicke’s house between 6 and 8 p.m. Sept. 24 should call state police in Houlton at 532-5400.

Julia Bayly

Julia Bayly is a reporter at the Bangor Daily News with a regular bi-weekly column. Julia has been a freelance travel writer/photographer since 2000.