Kristin Westra: Mysterious Disappearance of Maine Teacher Worries Family

Kristin Westra
Cumberland County Sheriff's Office

Authorities are pleading with the public for any information on the whereabouts of missing teacher Kristin Westra.

Westra, 47, was last seen at her home in North Yarmouth, Maine, on Sunday evening, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook. Officials said it's not clear "why she would be missing."

Westra's husband, Jay, reported her missing Monday morning after he woke up and discovered she was not at home, Cumberland County Capt. Scott Stewart said in a press conference Tuesday.

Her family is perplexed by her disappearance. An elementary school teacher, Westra is a "pillar in her community," Westra's brother, Eric Rohrbach, told ABC News.

She is the "last person that would do something like this," he said. "This is very abnormal."

He explained that Westra had seemed stressed of late and was having some difficulties eating and sleeping. The family home has been undergoing renovations as well, adding to Westra's stress, Rohrbach told The Portland Press Herald

“They were like eating dinner in the garage," he said. "Kristin is someone who likes to come home and curl up with a book, and she couldn’t do that.”

Rohrbach said that Jay told him that he believes Westra left their bed before dawn Monday morning. 

The family suspects she may have walked out of the house. But what happened after that is a mystery.

“It was raining and she left without her keys, without her car, without her phone. And we think she was wearing flip-flops,” Rohrbach told the paper. “She does a lot of yoga and she does a lot of running, but she doesn’t do it at that time of night. And if she did, the Kristin I know would have told Jay or brought her phone.”

The weather in the area has hampered search efforts for Westra, according to The Press Herald. On Tuesday, searching was suspended due to the conditions as well as "because of information detectives gathered Tuesday during their investigation," the paper reported.

Officials did not elaborate on what that information might be.

Westra is 5-foot-10 and weighs 140 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes, according to the sheriff's office.

Anyone with information is asked to called the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center at (207) 893-2810, option 2.

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