October death of Cheshire teacher ruled an accident

October death of Cheshire teacher ruled an accident

CHESHIRE — The death of a longtime local teacher whose body was found near the intersection of Marion and Mixville roads last month has been ruled an accident.

A representative from the Officer of the Chief Medical Examiner said Tuesday morning Megumi Yamamoto died as a result of acute intoxication from multiple prescription drugs – including dextrorphan/levorphanol and tramadol – and immersion in water.

Yamamoto’s body was found in the area on Oct. 3 after she was reported missing.

She taught for more than two decades in the district and was Cheshire High School English department chairwoman. In 2011, she was named Cheshire teacher of the year.

“Megumi is someone who poured her heart into so many of the facets of Cheshire High School,” School Superintendent Jeff Solan previously said.

State police were investigating the death, but said Tuesday the investigation has been closed as “non-criminal.”

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