Police investigating apparent suicide at Penobscot Narrows BridgeDeceased was a Bucksport teacher
State Police are investigating the death of a Bucksport teacher as an apparent suicide, according to police.
The body of 46-year-old Traci Merriam was recovered Sunday morning about 7 a.m. from the Penobscot River in Prospect by Troopers and the Maine Marine Patrol, according to a statement by Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.
It appears she jumped from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge sometime during the night, McCausland said. Her car was found parked along the bridge about 4 a.m. and a suicide note was found 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.
Regional School Unit 25 Superintendent Jim Boothby said the district was providing counseling for any students that may be affected by Merriam's death. Boothby said the school partners with Grief Counseling of Hancock County during these types of situations.