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Accident Information File


07/06/2003
A man whose body was found in a 24-foot mine shaft near Mount Pisgah apparently was injured in a fall and committed suicide rather than wait for rescue or death, Teller County, Colo., authorities said. A hiker found the body of the 46-year-old victim on July 6. An autopsy confirmed his cause of death was a gunshot wound, and that he died some time last fall. Authorities found a broken rope and believe the man was trying to rappel into the shaft when the rope broke. He fell to the bottom and broke several ribs. It was unlikely that hikers would have passed by the shaft and heard cries for help, because it was located about three-quarters of a mile from a county road. (Source: Associated Press)