Death of Maine Teacher Who Went Missing Ruled a Suicide

Kristin Westra, 47, is pictured with her husband, Jay Westra.
Courtesy Eric Rohrbach

The death of a Maine teacher who was reported missing on Monday has been ruled a suicide, according to local authorities.

A body found Friday morning in a wooded area roughly 500 feet off Gray Road in North Yarmouth, Maine, has been identified as 47-year-old Kristin Westra, who was last seen by her husband, Jay Westra, last Sunday night.

The Cumberland County Medical Examiner ruled Kristin Westra’s death a suicide, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office announced Sunday. Her cause of death was not released.

Jay Westra reported his wife missing Monday morning after he woke up and discovered she was not home, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Capt. Scott Stewart told ABC News Tuesday. He last saw her before he went to bed that night, after she returned home from a jog, Stewart said.

Kristin Westra’s brother, Eric Rohrbach, told ABC News that she had trouble falling asleep Sunday night and that her husband assumed she was going to try and sleep in an empty room when she got out of bed around 3 a.m.

When Jay Westra woke up, he “realized she wasn’t there,” Rohrbach said.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Julia Jacobo and Benjamin Stein