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Friends share concern for missing North Yarmouth woman

Friends of Kristin Westra are sharing their concern and hope that their friend will come home safe. (WGME)

YARMOUTH (WGME) – Friends of Kristin Westra are sharing their concern and hope that their friend will come home safe.

A fellow teacher at Chebeague Island School, and a friend from college met with the media Thursday.

They say there were no red flags that Westra would disappear Monday morning.

They say there was upheaval in her life, with a renovation happening at home and at the school, but she was the kind of person who took care of herself and could handle stress.

Westra's fellow teacher at Chebeague Island School said she instantly knew something was wrong when a colleague told her Westra would be out for two days.

“My colleague said, ‘Well, Kristin’s not going to be here for the next two days, she called out,’ and my stomach dropped, it instantly dropped, I knew something was terribly wrong,” teacher Tammy Drew-Hoidal said. “Because she's a communicator, we don't go a day without texting or calling or letting each other know, ‘I have to do this today’ or ‘I have to take the early boat’ or ‘I have that,’ the fact that that happened, I just felt sick and then to pick up my phone after teaching math to see that I'd missed several calls from her husband, I just began to feel really scared.”

Unless new details emerge between now and Saturday, there will be a prayer vigil on Saturday at 5 p.m. at the Congregational Church in Cumberland.

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