Police: No evidence of crimes relating to suicide of 13-year-old girl
A police investigation regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of a 13-year-old girl who was a student at Mount View Middle School confirmed the death was a suicide, but did not reveal any crimes were committed in connection with the incident.
According to the Waldo County Sheriff's Office, the investigation into the March 26 suicide included a report from the state medical examiner's office, interviews with the girl's family and friends, school officials, as well as a review of school records.
"While the investigation looked into all aspects of the girl's home and social life, particular attention was given to allegations of bullying seen in the media immediately following her death," stated a press release from the sheriff's office. "Interviews with family, friends and the school failed to provide any specific instances of bullying (harassment, threatening, assault, etc.) at the school or provide the names of any individuals involved in specific events. There is no evidence of crimes committed related to this incident."
The written statement from the sheriff's office also noted the report of the investigation would not be made public "as we reasonably believe it would constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy of the family and friends of the victim, most of which are of the same age group."
The sheriff's office responded to the report of the suicide on the morning of March 26, and that afternoon the Regional School Unit 3 administration sent a note home to parents of students at the middle school as well as Troy Elementary School notifying families of the incident.
The letter sent home to parents confirmed that a student took their own life, as well as offered advice for how parents could talk to their children about the incident.
"We believe it is important to let the community of parents know about this tragedy as soon as possible so that you may be aware of and prepared to address the impact this may have on your son or daughter," the letter states. "Your child may experience many different feelings and may want to share those feelings with you."
The district held a community forum on suicide prevention in the weeks following the girl's death, and worked with the Crisis Network of Maine and provided counseling for students.
Friday morning, May 3, Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton said suicides are always difficult for the people the deceased leaves behind, particularly in instances such as this one because the girl left no note or anything to indicate why she opted to take her own life.
"We're really never going to know why," he said.