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Community in shock over murder of Jay woman

CBS 13 saw a woman leave a bouquet of flowers at Wendy Douglass' doorstep Wednesday afternoon, as the community continues to mourn her death. (WGME)

JAY (WGME) -- A man now sits behind bars, accused of murdering his longtime girlfriend.

Police found the body of 51-year-old Wendy Douglass inside her home in Jay.

Investigators say a short time later, the suspect turned himself in.

After James Sweeney turned himself in Tuesday morning, Jay Police kicked in the door of the house he shared with Douglass and found her inside.

56-year-old James Sweeney, who many know as Ted, remains behind bars held without bond, charged with the murder of Wendy Douglass.

Christa Shaw says she saw Wendy Douglass every time she went shopping at a local supermarket. Douglass was the produce manager.

"She was always just a friendly face,” Shaw said. “A kind word for everyone. Very caring."

Friends say Wendy Douglass volunteered for her church, donated vegetables from her garden to local food pantries, and would even cook meals for families in need.

Sharon Oliver says when she moved to Jewell Street, Wendy Douglass was the first to greet her.

"She come over with the biggest pot of corn chowder, and all the fixins to go with it, right down to the bowls and spoons," Oliver said.

Oliver says no one saw this coming. She says Douglass and Sweeney seemed happy, and she says the James Sweeney she knows seemed to be a caring person.

"No matter how good the person was, we don't know them underneath and what they're capable of," Oliver said.

CBS 13 saw a woman leave a bouquet of flowers at Wendy Douglass' doorstep Wednesday afternoon, as the community continues to mourn her death.

James Sweeney will be arraigned Thursday morning at the Androscoggin County Courthouse.

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