This Teacher Disappeared From Her Bedroom In The Middle Of The Night

Kristin Westra was captured on a neighbor's security video camera returning home from a jog at around 6 P.M. on Sunday.

October 04, 2018
By: Catherine Townsend

NORTH YARMOUTH, ME — Authorities in Maine have launched a manhunt for a missing elementary school teacher whose husband claims she disappeared from her bedroom on Sunday night.

Jay Westra said that the last time he saw his 47-year-old wife, Kristin, was at around 8 P.M. on Sunday night in their North Yarmouth home when she went to bed.

Kristin Westra was captured on a neighbor's security video camera returning home from a jog at around 6 P.M. on Sunday, according to WCSH.

Westra said he woke up at 3:30 A.M. Monday and, after checking his phone, remembers noticing that Kristin was not in bed with him. At first, he said, he assumed that she had gone to sleep in another room.

Later, he said he noticed that a back entrance to their home "was slightly open" and told authorities that he believed that a pair of his wife's shoes — either running shoes or flip-flops — was missing.

Westra, a pediatric oncology nurse at Maine Medical Center's Children's Cancer Program, told NBC News that his wife went to see a nurse on Sunday to seek help after dealing with several "sleepless nights." He stated that the nurse she visited made the determination that she was not a risk to herself or anyone else.

Westra said that he drove around to look for his wife, and then called police on Monday. "I told my daughter that sometimes adults have stress or worries or anger and just like she would, sometimes adults need time to think," Westra said.

Friends of the teacher took to social media to make a public plea for information. Captain Scott Stewart of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said that their officers have joined Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service in the search for Kristin. He said that police are "still investigating this as a missing person."

Game Warden Corporal John MacDonald said in a statement Wednesday search crews, K9s, ATVs, and drones were used to cover wooded terrain. But so far, investigators say they have no leads.

Speaking to reporters, Jay Westra called Kristin "the love of my life" and urged his wife to "come home."

Read more: NBC News

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