Body found in search for Maine teacher, 47, whose husband says she disappeared from their bed in the middle of the night

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  • A body was found in the woods about a half mile from missing teacher Kristin Westra’s home in North Yarmouth, Maine on Friday. 
  • Local officials have not said whether the body is Westra. The Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will make the identification. 
  • Westra was reported missing by her husband, Jay, on Monday morning, after he says he woke up to find her missing from their bed after she had complained about anxiety issues. 

A body was found on Friday as police continued to search for a North Yarmouth, Maine woman who reportedly disappeared from her home in the middle of the night on Sunday, according to local news reports. 

The body was discovered in the woods near a home on Gray Road, about a half mile from Kristin Westra’s house. 

The 47-year-old mother and school teacher was reported missing by her husband, Jay, on Monday morning. He told police  that he and his wife went to bed at 8 p.m. the night before but that she wasn’t in bed when he woke up briefly at 3:30 a.m. 

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He said he went back to sleep because his wife had been having sleep issues recently and he figured she had went to a different room to sleep or write. When he woke up for the day a little after 6 a.m., he said she wasn’t anywhere to be seen in the home, so he went to the local fire station and reported her missing. 

In an interview with NBC News on Wednesday, Jay Westra, who works as a pediatric cancer nurse, revealed that his wife had been dealing with anxiety recently. He said he took her to a licensed nurse practitioner on Sunday, who determined that she was not a risk to herself or others. After the appointment, they went home, made dinner and went to bed, he said. He pleaded with his wife to return home, for the sake of their young daughter and her teen stepson. 

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Officials have not said if the remains found off Gray Road are Westra’s. The Maine Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be making the identification. 

There was previously a spark of hope on Thursday, after investigators revealed that they had received a tip of a possible sighting of Westra. But by Thursday night, officials said they were no longer considering that lead. 

Officials have said that Westra’s husband has been cooperative with the investigation.

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