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      Proctor Math Teacher shot herself, but was it an accident?

      Catherine Koestner, 30, found dead August 10 at Forge Motel in Old Forge



      State police say a central New York school teacher fatally shot herself at an Adirondack motel in August, but it isn't clear if her death was a suicide or accident.


      Catherine Koestner, 30, was found dead August 25, at the Forge Motel in Old Forge in Herkimer County.


      Investigators released some of their findings Tuesday in a press conference.



      They say the
      Proctor High School Math teacher died from a single shot to the head from a handgun licensed to her boyfriend, Joseph Moore, 50, from Clinton.


      The couple was staying at the Forge Motel.


      A motel employee heard people arguing shortly before the shooting.


      Investigators say they were drinking; Koestner's blood alcohol level was above the legal limit for driving.


      Moore is called a witness, but investigators say he has stopped cooperating with the case.


      Police were initially investigating the matter as a homicide.

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