That’s what the victims’ families claim in the unsolved murder of Ashley Ouellette and the unsolved disappearance of college student Tony Torres.
Two brothers in Maine are suspected in holding the key to, not only unlocking both cases, but linking them together. It appears investigators believe there is a connection, but thus far they don’t have enough physical evidence to make an arrest.
We even confronted one of the brothers over his possible involvement in Ashley’s death and Tony’s disappearance and, as you’ll see below, the dude couldn’t stop talking, which is odd behavior during these types of unscheduled interview.
You can judge for yourself if his need to talk was a guilty conscience trying to make amends or someone who really has nothing to hide.
For now, let’s catch you up to speed on this CRIME WATCH DAILY report.
Two of New England’s most troubling cold cases and the tangled web that connects them. It all starts with the murder of a 15-year-old high school student.
Lise Ouellette’s daughter Ashley’s life was cut tragically short in 1999, a horrendous murder that remains officially unsolved.
But now, the secrets that started on a dark winter morning just might get revealed in the light of day.
Saco, Maine, just outside of Portland, is your typically beautiful New England town. And Ashley Ouellette was your typical 15-year-old girl.
When Ashley asked her mom if she could sleep over at a friend’s house, there was really no cause for concern.
At just after 10 p.m. on February 9, 1999, Lise got a goodnight call from Ashley, the last words she ever heard from her daughter.
Six hours later, at almost exactly 4 a.m., a man driving home from work sees something in the road ahead. As he gets closer, he realizes, to his horror, it’s a dead teenage girl. It’s Ashley Ouellette, strangled to death, with her neck broken.
How did Ashley get from the safety of a friend’s sleepover to the hard cold asphalt of Pine Point road in a neighboring town nearly 10 miles away?
It doesn’t take long to piece together the last few hours of Ashley’s life. The timeline begins at 10 p.m., just after her goodnight call to her mom. Ashley and her sleepover friends are visited by a few boys from school.
And Ashley would eventually end up at the house of brothers Daniel and Steven Sanborn, the last known place she was seen alive.
The outrage of Ashley’s gruesome murder was compounded when a college student claiming to know who was responsible for the heinous act goes missing — and has never been found.
In the tangled web of rumor and suspicion, there’s one young man who says he knows for sure who did it. But this horrible secret would disappear with him three months later.
Tony Torres was a popular, athletic young man from the area who had moved to Massachusetts for college.
“He was a good son who always made time for family,” said Narciso Torres, Tony’s father. “His last trip home was no different. He came to honor his mom on Mother’s Day, and it was just like any other visit. Telling us how he was doing in school, and life seemed good for him.”
Tony also never missed a chance to hang out with his high school friends back home.
That spring break, the party talk around the area was consumed with who killed Ashley Ouellette. Everybody in the small town was talking about it. In fact, one night at home with his parents, Tony drops a chilling revelation about her murder.
“He didn’t tell us who but he said he knows who did it, and he said it in a way that he left no doubt,” said Narciso Torres.
As it turns out, Tony purportedly hung out frequently with the Sanborn boys.
Tony’s dad believes that his son let it slip out that he knew who killed Ashley, thereby becoming a liability who had to be dealt with.
The Maine State police wouldn’t comment to us directly whether they suspect the Sanborn boys to be involved in both cases because, they state, their investigation remains active.
But that doesn’t mean we couldn’t pay the Sanborn clan a visit for ourselves, which we did, to ask them directly if they know who killed Ashley Ouellette and Tony Torres.
What do you think — are the Sanborns enshrouding key details about their involvement or do they honestly have nothing to hide?
Watch our interview with Steven Sanborn and sound off.