PROSPECT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- State Police are investigating the death of a Bucksport teacher as an apparent suicide Monday.
Troopers and the Maine Marine Patrol recovered Traci Merriam's body Sunday morning in Penobscot River. Maine Department of Safety spokeperson Steve McCausland said tt appears she jumped from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge sometime during the night. Officials found her car parked along the bridge about 4 a.m. with a suicide note inside.
An autopsy is scheduled at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta. Merriam was a fifth grade teacher at the Bucksport Middle School. She had taken absence from work due to personal issues. The school is offering counseling to those who need it.