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Brother offers reward for help with unsolved homicide case

Firefighters found the body of 58-year-old Kenneth Zernicke of Caribou on Sept. 24, 2015, after responding to a house fire. His death was ruled a homicide.
Credit: Maine Dept. of Public Safety

CARIBOU, Maine — A man has spent six years saving money so he can offer a $10,000 reward for information that helps solve the case of the death of his brother in northern Maine.

Firefighters found the body of 58-year-old Kenneth Zernicke of Caribou on Sept. 24, 2015, after responding to a house fire.

Zernicke’s death was ruled a homicide after an autopsy.

The case remains unsolved. Zernicke’s brother, Joe Bourgoine, said he’s hopeful the reward will motivate someone to come forward.

“It’s a small town," Bourgoine said in a release from the Maine Department of Public Safety. "Somebody knows what happened to my brother. I just want them to come forward and do the right thing. I’m hoping this reward will help make that happen.