Police in Maine Investigating Murder-Suicide


Police say they are investigating the shooting deaths of a Fryeburg, Maine, couple as a domestic violence murder-suicide.

The bodies were discovered separately in two buildings on Route 113 early Tuesday morning by the Maine State Police tactival team. 

The victim is 52-year-old Jody Buzzell. She was shot by her husband inside their home sometime Monday afternoon. Fryeburg Police were called to the home by relatives.

After hours in the sub-freezing temperatures, the tactical team entered the house early Tuesday at 1 a.m. and found Buzzell's body in a first floor room. About four hours later, the body of 52-year-old Mark Buzzell was found next door in a vacant residence owned by a family member.

Detectives said Mark Buzzell left a note and also told family members he had killed his wife.

The bodies were removed to a local funeral home and will be taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta on Wednesday.

The property is located a few hundred feet from the New Hampshire state line, and New Hampshire State Police assisted in the search for Mark Buzzell overnight. 

Route 113 was closed for about 12 hours until the Mark Buzzell's body was found around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The death is the first homicide in Maine this year.

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