BANGOR — Relatives and friends of three Maine residents found dead inside a burning car last week say the victims had attended a small gathering and left in a white Pontiac with Rhode Island plates before their deaths, a newspaper reported.

The burning car was discovered early on Aug. 13 in a parking lot. A person was seen walking away from the car in video surveillance images recorded at a nearby business, but it’s unclear if that person was the driver.

Authorities identified the victims as Daniel Thomas Borders, 26, of Hermon; Nicolle Ashley Lugdon, 24, of Eddington; and Lucas Alan Tuscano, 28, of Bradford. Their deaths have been ruled homicides, though the exact cause has not been made public.

The Bangor Daily News reported that, according to friends and relatives, the three were at a house gathering before getting in the car driven by someone else.

They left together in the Pontiac sedan, which was driven by an out-of-state man who comes to Maine on occasion, always in a rental car, friends and loved ones said. The newspaper chose not to name the driver because he has not been charged with any crime.

A woman on her way to work spotted the burning car. The bodies were found inside after firefighters doused the blaze.

Bangor police remain mum on details.

The cause of death is being withheld for investigative purposes by the Attorney General’s Office, said Sgt. Paul Edwards, a Bangor police spokesman.

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