North Yarmouth Body Identified as Missing Teacher, Death Ruled Suicide

Kristin Westra had last been seen at her North Yarmouth home on Sept. 30

A body that was found in a Maine community has been identified by authorities as Kristin Westra, an elementary school teacher who had been missing for several days. 

According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the body was identified as the North Yarmouth teacher's. The Medical Examiner determined her death was by suicide. 

Law enforcement officers converged on a home on Gray Road in North Yarmouth Friday morning where the body was found, a scene that's about a half a mile from Kristin Westra's home on Lufkin Road, where she was last seen on Sept. 30.

Although a body was found, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Department did not identify the remains until Sunday.

Westra's family told necn the 47-year-old woman disappeared without her phone, keys, car or wallet.

Her family also said she had been suffering from anxiety and was having trouble sleeping before she went missing.

"I'm thinking she snapped, had a break, and left," Westra's brother, Eric Rohrback, said. "Doing this to her family means she was not in the right mind when she left."

Police said earlier on Friday that Westra's husband, Jay Westra, is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

If you or someone you know needs help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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