BREAKING: Body found near home of missing teacher identified as Kristin Westra

On Sunday, authorities confirmed that the body found in a wooded near where a Maine elementary school teacher went missing last week has been identified as Kirstin Westra.

The Press Herald reports that authorities in North Yarmouth confirmed in a news release on Sunday that the missing woman had been found dead. An autopsy reportedly determined that her death was a suicide, but the exact cause is not yet known.

Kirstin’s husband Jay Westra reported her missing on Monday when he woke up to find she wasn’t in the home, and had left her cell phone and keys behind.

Children playing in woods behind their grandfather’s house, less than a mile from Westra’s home, reportedly first spotted the body on Friday. Authorities had previously searched the same area, and the Maine Warden Service reportedly said the search“ eliminated with high probability” Westra was in the search  zone.

The Press Herald reportedly asked in an email to Capt. Craig Smith of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office why searchers might have missed Westra’s body in the woods during the initial search, and he said “that question has been asked and it is being researched.”

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