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Jefferson City Police release Jackson suicide note

Jefferson City Police held a second news conference to release more details into the apparent suicide of Spence Jackson, the late media director for former Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich, who killed himself last month.

Police on Tuesday released a suicide note that was handwritten in ink and dated March 27.

Police said it was the family’s desire to release the note to clear up any speculation into Jackson’s death.

The note read, “I am so sorry. I just can’t take being unemployed again.”

Captain Doug Shoemaker with JCPD confirmed Jackson was still employed in the State Auditor’s office on Friday.

Shoemaker said Jackson did take a sick day on Thursday, but did show up for work on Friday until noon.

Jackson did not return to work after the lunch hour on Friday afternoon.

Police interviewed employees in the auditor’s office who said Jackson’s behavior was not out of the ordinary.

A preliminary report from the medical examiner’s office determined Jackson died on Friday. The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.

Jefferson City Police said they have been working with Clayton Police to determine if there was or was not any correlation to former State Auditor Tom Schweich’s death.

The investigation is still open and JCPD will continue to retrace Jackson’s steps through the days leading up to his death.

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