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Officials Announcing Catherine Koestner Died Of Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Kristine Bellino, WIBX

Herkimer, NY (WIBX) – There is no closure yet in the Catherine Koestner case.

However, the Herkimer County District Attorney is announcing one important conclusion today.

Herkimer County District Attorney Jeffrey Carpenter announced at a news conference this afternoon that Koestner died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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That is probably not what many want to hear, he says the forensic investigation is also showing that Koestner was drinking on the night of her death.

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Carpenter was careful to say that although alcohol was a factor in her death, they are still not certain whether it was an accident or suicide, and the investigation will remain open pending further investigation.

Catherine Koestner, a teacher at Proctor High School in Utica, died August 25, 2012 in Old Forge, New York.

Click here for WIBX's coverage of the Catherine Koestner shooting

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