Police Find Laptop, Note At DiPaola Suicide Site

Police say they found a laptop and a four- or five-page note in the Maine hotel room where Middlesex County Sheriff James V. DiPaola died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sgt. Kent Berdeen of the Wells, Maine, police department says DiPaola's family identified the laptop as his. Police say he had no luggage when he died Friday night. Berdeen says the Maine medical examiner ruled the death a suicide and that the case is "pretty much" closed.

He said he did not read the note, but saw a portion that mentioned DiPaola's wife and daughters. Maine law requires it be placed in the custody of the medical examiners office.

DiPaola faced an investigation into his use of campaign money and had been criticized for initially trying to get two pensions.


This program aired on November 28, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.


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