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Suicide Victim Found At Park Overlook

Mesa Verde National Park

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On the morning of Wednesday, August 12th, a park concession employee walked out to the Mancos Overlook, three miles from the entrance of the park, and discovered a man’s body on the ground. The concession employee, a retired veterinarian, said that the man appeared to have died from a self-inflected gunshot wound, but that he was not able to see any firearm at the scene. Responding rangers closed the overlook to public access and found the firearm just below the overlook, where the victim had dropped it after shooting himself. The victim was identified as a 67-year-old man from Dolores, Colorado. A suicide note was found in his vehicle, which was in the overlook parking lot. The overlook was closed for approximately four hours until the investigation was completed.



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