ROCKLAND, Maine — The 33-year-old Rockland woman who was found dead Thursday afternoon at a local boarding house was a mother of two children.
Shawna Jones was found in the third-floor room of the Brunswick House she shared with her husband Sean Jones, according to state police.
Jones was a cook at the Rockland Cafe, located on Main Street within walking distance of the boarding house. Rockland Cafe owner Wayne Steeves said her death is a big loss.
“She was a good person, a real hard worker,” Steeves said.
Jones had worked at the Main Street restaurant since July 2014.
She had two boys who are about 6 years and 10 years old, Steeves said. The children live with their father, he said. Her parents live in northern Maine. Her Facebook page said she attended Katahdin High School.
Steeves said she was a reliable worker, always showing up on time. She last worked on Monday. On Tuesday, she called in sick, saying she was not feeling well. She did not show up for work on Thursday morning and Steeves first called her mother who said she had not been able to get in contact with Shawna.
Steeves then called the Brunswick House and asked if they could check on her. He called back 10 minutes later and was told that an ambulance had been called. He called a short while later and was told she had died.
Police and emergency medical staff were called at about 3:30 p.m. Rockland Police Sgt. Donald Finnegan said the death was suspicious and the state police were called in to investigate. Detectives arrived that evening and remained on the scene past 8:30 p.m.
Jones body was taken to the Maine Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for an autopsy that was expected to be completed Friday, according to Maine Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.
The Brunswick House is a 28-room boarding house on Main Street.