Worcester County DA investigating deaths after Maine suicide

📷 His finger on the trigger, Gyrth Rutan poses with a gun over his shoulder in a photo he posted on his Facebook page in August 2014.

Dead woman found in car trunk after man shoots self

STURBRIDGE — A community waits for details on the identity of a woman whose body was found in the trunk of a local man who took his own life during a traffic stop in Maine on Thursday.

📷 Gyrth Rutan in a Facebook profile photo posted in September 2016.

Maine State Police identified the man as Gyrth Rutan, 34, of Sturbridge. According to The Bangor Daily News, an autopsy showed Rutan died of a shotgun wound to the head, ruled a suicide, after being pulled over by a state trooper in Gardiner, Maine. According to The Kennebec Journal, Maine State Police had received reports of a blue Subaru sedan with Massachusetts plates driving erratically on Interstate 295 and Rutan was stopped around 4:45 p.m. on Timberwood Drive where, according a Maine State Police press release, he “immediately” exited the vehicle and “shot himself resulting in his death.”

The ensuing investigation resulted in the discovery of an unidentified woman’s body in the vehicle’s trunk. Maine State Police transported the bodies to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta for autopsies and examination. According to The Kennebec Journal, Maine authorities believe the woman was not killed in that state. Law enforcement agencies surrounded Rutan’s residence on Fairview Park Road in Sturbridge on Friday, and Maine officials have said the investigation into the woman’s death would be handled by the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office. Regional TV cable news station New England Cable News reported on Friday investigators confirmed the unidentified woman was a Massachusetts resident.

According to The Kennebec Journal, officials were unclear as to why Rutan was in the area, but noted that he does have family in Maine. Rutan’s Facebook page asserts he is from Dedham, Maine, having grown up there. His page states he attended both Brewer High School in Bangor, and Hermon High School in the nearby town of Hermon. Rutan’s suicide took place in Gardiner, about 45 minutes north of Portland, 90 minutes southeast of Bangor, and just outside of Augusta.

The Citizen Chronicle continues to monitor developments in this investigation and may update this article as new information becomes available.


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