Park City death ruled a suicide

Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, January 9, 2020
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The body of a man found partially concealed behind the Park City Post Office early Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, has been determined to be that of a 52-year-old resident who committed suicide.

An autopsy performed Thursday, Jan. 9,  along with evidence collected at the scene, led investigators to that conclusion. Stillwater County Sheriff Chip Kem said the death was initially considered suspicious because the man was partially concealed.

The manner of death was by firearm, which was recovered. Kem did not immediately know what the time of death had been determined to be.

“As per our practice, the identity of suicide victims will not be released,” Kem said in a press release issued Thursday afternoon. 

The man’s family in the Butte area has been notified. 

Kem thanked the Montana Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigations for its assistance with the investigation.

“Their rapid response to the scene helped confirm our findings quickly,” Kem said in the press release.

Law enforcement was called to the scene at 7:06 a.m. following a 911 call from a U.S. Postal employee regarding a partially concealed body behind the Park City Post Office.

The area was deemed a crime scene, with the area of Clark Street between 1stand 2ndAvenue blocked off.  The post office and the school were both accessible.