September death in Amherst of Marissa Jackson ruled suicide — (Amherst Bulletin)

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Amherst Bulletin


Friday, March 6, 2015  (Published in print: Friday, March 13, 2015)

AMHERST — An Amherst woman whose body was found Sept. 9 in a wooded area near the intersection of Amity Street and University Drive died from an overdose of a prescription antidepressant, according to the state medical examiner’s office.

The office recently determined that Marissa Jackson, 26, committed suicide by acute sertraline intoxication, Terrel Harris, spokesman for the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety, said in an email to the Gazette.

Sertraline is available by prescription under the brand name Zoloft.

Jackson, who graduated from Belchertown High School in 2006, was married to Britney Archambault-Jackson and lived at Rolling Green Apartments, 422 Belchertown Road. Jackson had been taking art classes at Holyoke Community College and had been employed as a mental health worker on the forensic unit of the Brattleboro Retreat for about a year.

Jackson’s family reported her missing Sept. 5 after she was last seen walking on Belchertown Road near Rolling Green. Her body was found on the morning of Sept. 9 at the edge of the UM campus.

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