Report: Skydiver’s Death In Maine Was Suicide
Police say a man who died while skydiving in Lebanon in September killed himself.
The body of Brett Bickford, 41, was located the following day in woods near the skydiving facility.
Bickford, an instructor at Skydive New England, was jumping with a second man on Sept. 27. Investigators concluded that Bickford loosened his harness in midair and it was an intentional act.
State Police interviews with other skydivers and industry officials concluded that no experienced skydiver would loosen a parachute harness by mistake.
The second jumper landed safely with the parachute. Family members and Skydive New England officials have been informed about the investigation’s conclusion.