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Missouri police play down connection between suicides of two Republicans

•, Oliver Laughland

Police investigating the death of Missouri Republican media spokesman Spence Jackson have sought to play down speculation that his suicide was "correlated" with that of his boss, Tom Schweich, the state's auditor.

Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor, killed himself on 26 February at his home in Clayton, St Louis. Jackson was found dead at his apartment in neighbouring Jefferson City on Sunday.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Captain Doug Shoemaker, spokesman for Jefferson City police, read a note found at Jackson's apartment, written by the 44-year-old on the day he killed himself.

The note, which Shoemaker said had been released by Jackson's family to "potentially clear some things up", was a single sentence in its entirety and was dated 27 March. "I'm so sorry, I just can't take being unemployed again," it read.

Shoemaker said the incident was being investigated "strictly as a suicide" and said the investigation had found no evidence of "any foul play, no sign of a struggle, no damage to the apartment".