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Death of Skydiver in Maine Ruled Suicide



    Death of Skydiver in Maine Ruled Suicide
    Maine Warden Service
    Authorities resume a search for missing skydiving instructor Brett Bickford in Maine.

    Maine State Police say the skydiving instructor who was thought to have become separated from his student during a tandem jump back in September committed suicide.

    Authorities said the State Medical Examiner's Office concluded that the Sept. 27 death of 41-year-old Brett Bickford, of Rochester, New Hampshire was a suicide.

    Bickford, an instructor at Skydive New England, was doing a tandem jump when investigators concluded he loosened his harness intentionally midair.

    The second jumper landed safely with his parachute and had called police when he couldn't find Bickford.

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    Bickford's body was recovered the next day in some woods near the skydiving facility.

    SUICIDE PREVENTION HELP: The National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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