from Spokesman Steve McCausland - 441-6216 - CELL
State Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a Fryeburg couple as a domestic violence murder suicide . The bodies were discovered separately in two buildings early this morning by the State Police tactical team along the West Fryeburg Road in Fryeburg, which is also Route 113. The victim is 52 year old Jody Buzzell. She was shot by her husband inside their home sometime Monday afternoon.
Fryeburg Police were called to the home by relatives. Also responding were members of the State Police tactical team, negotiators and detectives. After hours in the sub-freezing temperatures, the tactical team entered the house early this morning and found Buzzell's body in a first floor room about 1 am. About four hours later, the body of 52 year old Mark Buzzell was found in a vacant residence next door, owned by a family member. Detectives say Buzzell left a note and also told family members he had killed his wife.
The bodies were removed to a local funeral home and will be transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta on Wednesday. The property is a few hundred feet from the NH state line, and NH State Police assisted in searching for Buzzell during the night. Route 113 was closed for about 12 hours until the body of the husband was discovered about 5am. The death is the first homicide in Maine this year.