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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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