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Suicide in Park Woods

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park

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On the morning of September 3rd, Chickamauga Battlefield district ranger Jim Staub was dispatched to Jay’s Mill Road, where a visitor had reported finding a wounded man in the woods adjacent to a service road. Investigation revealed that the 42-year-old man from Rossville, Georgia, had a gunshot wound in his chest and had expired. A single shot, .440 caliber black powder pistol was found near the body, along with personal belongings.  A small pickup truck registered to him was found parked on Jay’s Mill Road near the service road.  Detectives from the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department, the county coroner, and the FBI were contacted. The investigation was conducted jointly by the park, coroner’s office and Fort Oglethorpe PD. Staub was the lead NPS investigator. There was no evidence of foul play.



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