LEWISTON — Police said the death of a 57-year-old woman whose body was discovered Wednesday morning in the parking lot of Roak the Florist has been ruled an apparent suicide.

The woman was from the greater Lewiston area. Her remains were expected to be taken the Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta for an autopsy, where the official cause and manner of death will be determined, Lt. David St. Pierre said.

Maine State Police crime scene investigators had been at the scene collecting evidence in case the death had been ruled suspicious. They turned over the scene to local detectives before 11 a.m., after homicide was deemed unlikely.

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