Authorities have received the body of a Bucksport Middle School teacher who they believe committed suicide.

The body of Traci Merriam, 46, was recovered by Maine State Police troopers and the Maine Marine Patrol at 7 a.m. Sunday from the Penobscot River in Prospect, police said Monday.

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Police say it appears Merriam jumped from the Penobscot Narrows Bridge during the night. Her car was found on the bridge at 4 a.m. and a suicide note was found inside, police said.

The state medical examiner planned to conduct an autopsy. Merriam was a fifth-grade teacher at the middle school.

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