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Trail Runner Finds Body Of Suicide Victim

Blue Ridge Parkway

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On Monday afternoon, rangers were notified of a possible suicide along the park’s Mountains to Sea Trail.  A trail runner found the man a few feet off the trail and asked a passing motorist to call authorities. Rangers and officers from the Buncombe County Sheriff Department found a 52-year-old Asheville man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.  His vehicle was parked at a roadside pullout that accesses the Mountains to Sea Trail.  The man left a note with instructions for his family, plus a last will and testament that he had prepared.  Although the family mentioned he had bouts with depression and was taking medication, he had never exhibited or mentioned any suicidal tendencies. 



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