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Local Man Commits Suicide In Park

Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

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On the afternoon of February 17th, rangers were off-duty, preparing for a workout, when they heard local radio traffic concerning a possible suicide in or near Rosita Flats, which is in the west end of the park. Potter County Sheriff’s Department officers responded and secured the scene and were subsequently joined by ranger Jake Olson. They found that a 28-year-old Amarillo man had hung himself from a tree. A woman who was with him said that he’d gotten out of their vehicle, climbed a tree, tied a strap around it and his neck, them jumped. The county is leading the investigation. A suicide note was found, and the coroner subsequently confirmed that cause of death was consistent with a hanging. A blood test came back positive for several drugs, including methamphetamine and cocaine.



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