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Remains Of Missing Professor Found

Canyonlands National Park

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The remains of a biology professor who came to the park last spring to commit suicide were found by a hiker in a park canyon on March 18th. Jerry Wolff, 65, who taught at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, entered the park last May with a permit to be there from May 10th to May 15th. He was last seen when a private shuttle service dropped him at his backpacking starting point in the Needles area. A search was begun when he failed to report back to anyone in Minnesota, which was his practice. No sign of him was found. Meanwhile, searchers learned that he’d sent a letter to his relatives just before arriving at the park saying that he’d headed for “a remote wilderness where I can return my body and soul to nature,” adding that there was no reason for anyone to look for him – “just leave me where I am." Evidence at the scene indicated that he’d committed suicide by shooting himself.



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