State Police say the two men found dead in a pickup truck in Castle Hill early Tuesday morning are residents of that town.

They are 51-year-old Roger Ellis and 25-year-old Allen Curtis.

Maine State Police say the deaths of the two men are being investigated as a double homicide. Autopsies on both men will take place Wednesday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta.

Troopers were dispatched to 2052 State Road - Route 227 - just after midnight for a suspicious noise complaint. Initially troopers thought they were dealing with a collision between an ATV and a pickup truck in the roadway. Police quickly found the bodies of the two men inside the truck, said State Police spokesman Steve McCausland.

The State Road was closed between Turner and Waddell Roads in Castle Hill Tuesday morning.

The 2007 red Chevrolet Silverado is owned by Ellis. The ATV’s ownership has not been determined. It is an unregistered 2006 Suzuki LTZ 400 - painted black over the original yellow paint with some of the yellow still visible. The ATV has a loud exhaust, said officials.

Area residents who heard a loud ATV late Monday night in Castle Hill are asked to call State Police in Houlton. Detectives are also asking area homeowners who have video surveillance systems pointed at the road to contact them.

Troopers, Detectives and Evidence Technicians worked throughout the day at the homicide scene and the investigative work will continue during the night and Wednesday.

Anyone with information that may be related to the homicides are asked to call State Police in Houlton at 532-5400.

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