May 24, 2018
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Woman found in West Forks had self-inflicted gunshot wound

By Alex Barber, BDN Staff

WEST FORKS, Maine — The state medical examiner’s office ruled that Donna Gail Bulmer, whose body was found in the woods on Thursday, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Friday.

McCausland said the medical examiner’s office informed him of its findings on Friday morning.

Bulmer’s body was found by a tracker with a dog hired by Bulmer’s family on Thursday. She was found in the woods off a snowmobile trail about three-quarters of a mile from her home.

Bulmer had been missing since Sunday. The Maine Warden Service conducted a three-day search beginning on Monday but couldn’t locate Bulmer.

“She had been despondent and had wandered off into the woods and that’s what sparked the wardens searching for her earlier this week,” McCausland said Thursday.

Bulmer, 52, had been a selectman and the tax assessor for West Forks. She lived in Weeks Mills and also had a residence in West Forks.

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