Police: Boothbay Harbor, Maine Deaths Ruled Double Murder-Suicide

Detectives concluded that 71-year-old Svend Jorgenson shot his wife and son and then turned the gun on himself

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Maine State Police say the deaths of three members of a Boothbay Harbor, Maine, family over the weekend was a double murder-suicide.

Detectives have concluded that 71-year-old Svend Jorgenson shot his wife and son, and then turned the gun on himself. The State Medical Examiner's Office said all three died of gunshot wounds to the head.

The body of 71-year-old Carol Jorgensen was found in her bedroom on Lakeside Drive, 41-year-old Eric Jorgensen's body was found in the kitchen of his home on Montgomery Road, and Svend Jorgensen's body was found in the basement of his house, with a revolver next to him. He left a handwritten note behind with information on his financial affairs and real estate, but it gave no explanation for the killings.

State police said the last time anyone had contact with the family was on Wednesday, and the shootings are believed to have taken place that day or the following day.

A family friend contacted Boothbay Harbor Police Saturday to check on the family, and that is when the bodies were found.

"The sadness and shock are overwhelming," said the family's pastor, Reverend Sarah Foulger.

Carol Jorgensen was a member of the Boothbay Region Community Band, and her husband Svend retired from a long career at Bath Iron Works.

Eric Jorgensen was a social studies teacher at McAuley High School in Portland.

"Eric was a dedicated and hard-working teacher who worked long hours and was dedicated to making sure his students got the best education possible," said McAuley Head of School Kathryn Barr.

She said grief counselors will be on-call for students who need them.

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