Medical Examiner Rules Beattie's Death a Suicide by Drowning

Tricia Beattie's body was found floating in the shallows at Bluff Point State Park in Groton last July, and her husband said he believed she was murdered.


The Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner has ruled that a Montville woman whose body was discovered at Bluff Point State Park in Groton in late July drowned, and her death has been ruled a suicide.

The cause of death for Tricia Beattie was determined to be “asphyxia due to submersion” — the technical term for drowning — and the manner of death has been ruled a suicide, the medical examiner’s office confirmed Monday.

Police had been investigating the death for months and while they declined to confirm any details about the case, Beattie’s husband told Montville Patch he believed his wife was murdered.

But based on the findings provided to Montville Patch by the Office of the Chief State's Medical Examiner, the death of the 36-year-old mother of four biological children and two stepchildren was a suicide.  

In late September, two months after his wife’s body was found in the shallow waters off Bluff Point State Park, Scott Kaune said he believed his wife was killed.

Kaune told Patch: “I know it was a murder." He claimed he saw markings including bruises on her body on the day of her funeral. He said there were a number of other clues that led him to believe she was murdered, and by someone she knew. He said she had to have been driven to Bluff Point since her car was located near the place she was last seen, Mo's Burger and Brew, and she was bruised about her neck which Kaune said suggested she “put up a struggle.” And he said that she had a lot of cash with her that night but most of it, and her phone, was missing.

Kaune speculated that she went to Bluff Point with someone she knew and was robbed and killed there.

But the findings from the medical examiner tell another story — Beattie drowned and, according to the ME, she intended for that to happen, and they ruled the death a suicide.

But some witnesses who initially posted comments and blogs online said she was “happy” while hanging out at the bar.

Kaune said he was home watching their children the night she went out with friends and work colleagues “relieving stress,” he said, at the bar. Kaune said he wasn’t concerned that his wife was not yet home when he awoke at 3:30 a.m. to use the bathroom and tend to his daughter who had awoken and asked where her mother was.

But when he woke at 5:30 and realized she had not come home, he said his first call “was to Troop E to see if she was in an accident or got pulled over or something. Then at 4 that day, they found her.”

Beattie's funeral was held Aug. 2. 

According to her obituary, Tricia graduated from Montville High School in 1994, where she participated in concert and marching band. She was employed at Dunkin' Donuts, was involved in Girl Scouts with her daughters, loved the Waterford Speed Bowl and karaoke. She is survived by her parents, R. Bruce and Sharon (Phillips) Beattie of Oakdale and her children, Christopher, Amanda, Alexandra, and Rebecca; her stepchildren, Shawn and Cynthia Kuane.

Ellyn Santiago November 20, 2012 at 04:54 PM
The ME's office said just now -- just got off the phone with them -- that the case was determined based on "all the evidence."
Chris November 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM
If the ME determined based on all the evidence... Why was her car found in another town?. Why was there bruising around her neck? Why hasn't her cell phone been found? Why was she saying that she is happier than she has been in a long time just hours before her death? Why was she looking forward to upcoming things if she was planning on killing herself? In my option that is too many "why's ". The ME is out of his mind and there needs to be an independent autopsy done.
Anonymous November 25, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Like everyone else has stated, this doesn't add up and I believe that this is pure laziness on the polices part. Just because they aren't 100% on what happened the night of her death, does not mean they should take the easy easy out and call it a suicide. Her car was in Gales Ferry during her time of death. Somebody knows more and for the sake of Tricia's family and children should speak up. This is disgusting
Anonymous November 25, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Shame on the ME office
melissa February 23, 2013 at 07:52 PM
Several people did speak up and talk to the cops. Trust me, i was one of them. They must have found the evidence inconclusive or something of that sort.


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