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Investigators find body near where missing teacher was last seen, but are not able to confirm identity

CBS 13 | BDN
CBS 13 | BDN
Searchers scour the woods and fields near Kristin Westra's North Yarmouth home. Westra went missing overnight Sunday.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office told reporters early Friday afternoon that investigators have found a body in North Yarmouth.

Earlier in the day, deputies had cordoned off an area not far from the Lufkin Road home where teacher and mother Kristin Westra was last seen Sunday night, according to CBS 13.

The sheriff’s office has not been able to positively identify the body, according to CBS 13.

The sheriff’s office deployed its crime scene team to the area around 83 Gray Road late Friday morning. During a news conference near the site at around 1 p.m., Capt. Craig Smith of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said that at around 10:30 a.m., authorities “received a telephone call that a body had been located in a wooded area off Gray Road in North Yarmouth.”

Smith said investigators followed up and confirmed the report, and that the state medical examiner is on the scene.

Soon after the news conference began, Westra’s husband, Jay Westra, apparently posted a photograph of himself and his wife on Facebook along with the caption: “My heart was crushed today.”

Deputies and game wardens had been searching the area for more than four days, since Kristin Westra, 47, was reported missing Monday morning. Deputies reportedly restricted traffic Friday morning around the intersection of Route 115 — Gray Road — and Route 231.

Lufkin Road is off Route 231.

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Posted by WGME CBS 13 News, Portland on Friday, October 5, 2018

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said previously they’d received hundreds of tips, including one about a potential sighting.

However, deputies say that lead was closed.

Teams spent Thursday searching the woods and fields around Kristin’s North Yarmouth home.

Family members say Kristin was experiencing anxiety before she went missing.

Kristin Westra, 47, went to bed around 8 p.m. Sunday night, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. When her family woke up the following morning, she was gone. Her keys, cellphone and vehicle had all been left behind at her home on Lufkin Road in North Yarmouth, the sheriff’s office said.

Westra, who teaches at Chebeague Island School, is described as a white female, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Kristin Westra’s brother, Eric Rohrbach told ABC News previously his sister’s married life is “fantastic” and her relationships with her 9-year-old daughter and 16-year-old stepson are great.

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