The death of a Pittsfield woman found in the trunk of a car last month has been ruled a suicide, authorities said.

The 30-year-old woman died of acute intoxication from oxycontin and hydroxyzine, according to the chief medical examiner’s office, which concluded she killed herself. A bottle of pills and an iced coffee were found beside her inside the truck, Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

Her body was found at the Varney auto dealership in Pittsfield on March 2 inside the trunk of a Chevrolet Malibu after the car had been towed there from a Walmart parking lot in Palmyra. The woman’s relatives had found the car but didn’t have the keys to get inside, according to McCausland.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.