An autopsy shows the death of a 42-year-old Westbrook woman was caused by a medical event, Maine State Police said Monday.

Officers found Michelle Minor inside her apartment on Brown Street around 8:20 a.m. Sunday. Westbrook police originally considered her death suspicious, but an autopsy determined otherwise.

Depatment of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland could not elaborate on what type of medical event Minor experienced.

“It’s not suspicious, and there’s no foul play,” McCausland said.

Mark Belserene, a spokesman for the state medical examiner’s office, said the case is “pending further studies.” Final results of the autopsy, including a toxicology report, could take as long as two weeks to be released.

Westbrook police first responded to Minor’s apartment Sunday morning, but quickly turned the investigation over to state police.

“During the initial investigation some facts and circumstances arose that prompted a request for assistance to the Maine State Police,” Westbrook police Capt. Sean Lally said in a news release.

No one answered the door of the Brown Street apartment where Minor lived. Her landlord, Bernard Willimann, said she had lived on Brown Street with her boyfriend since late 2014. When the couple applied to live in Willimann’s 12-unit building, they listed their last place of residence as the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland.

Willimann said he found the pair to be responsible tenants who socialized with their neighbors, took care of their apartment and paid rent on time. He described Minor as “really nice.”

“I always respected them,” the landlord said. “They had a very clean apartment.”

On her Facebook page, Minor described herself as self-employed. Biddeford Adult Education confirmed she took a course to become a certified nurse assistant, but did not say when she completed that program.

As an introduction on her page, Minor wrote a declarative message in all capital letters:


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