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Suicide Victim Found In Dunes

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

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On the morning of November 17th, rangers learned about an incident in progress at the Dune Climb, a popular destination in the park. A 42-year-old man from downstate who was reportedly distraught due to domestic issues had communicated to family members on the day before that he was going to shoot himself, saying that he wanted his remains scattered at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan State Police troopers found his vehicle at the Dune Climb parking lot that morning around 1:30 a.m. and unsuccessfully searched for him on the dunes, but neither rangers nor area search teams were notified until the body was found after daybreak by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from nearby Air Station Traverse City. The man was found lying motionless on top of the dunes approximately three-quarters of a mile from the parking lot. After being directed to the location by the helicopter, troopers and Glen Lake Fire Department responders found his body. He’d died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Ranger Nate Mazurek and district ranger Chris Johnson were transported to the location, where GPS coordinates were recorded and they assisted in loading the body into a litter to be flown out by the Coast Guard helicopter. A suicide note was found in the man’s vehicle. The Michigan State Police and Sleeping Bear Dunes rangers are handling the investigation.



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