Two people whose bodies were found in a Searsmont home died as the result of a murder-suicide.

Did the Two People Know Each Other?

The deceased have been identified as Amy Nickerson, 50, of Stockton Springs and Lance Lucas, 50, of Searsmont. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says Nickerson and Lucas were domestic partners who had recently gone through a break-up.

Where Were They Found?

Officials say their bodies were found at a home on Borough Road in Searsmont on Monday afternoon by members of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office. Both people were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta where autopsies were performed to determine the cause and manner of death.

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What Was the Result of the Autopsies?

On Tuesday, the results of the autopsies were released, revealing that Nickerson's death was a homicide, while Lucas had committed suicide. The autopsies revealed that Lucas had shot Nickerson before turning the gun on himself.

Detectives with the Maine State Police Department's Major Crimes Unit continue to investigate the sequence of events that occurred prior to and during the incident.

We'll update this story as more details become available. 

If you are experiencing domestic abuse, help is available 24/7 through the National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-7233 or the statewide helpline at 1-866-834-4357.  Find more information about Domestic violence on the website for the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. 

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