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Wanted man found dead at I-5 rest stop

5-29-2007 Oregon:
DILLARD — A man wanted by police and reported missing recently out of Lincoln County was found dead of apparent suicide Monday at an Interstate 5 rest area, police said.

Gregory O’Neil Austin, 34, of Rose Lodge had been reported missing Thursday to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, according to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office report.

A deputy spotted the man’s 2003 Chevrolet Silverado at the southbound rest area at Milepost 112 two days later. The deputy searched the vehicle and found a note on the window indicating Austin was a threat to himself, according to the report.

The deputy was advised that Austin was wanted out of Lincoln County on suspicion of assault and sex-related crimes.

While searching the man’s truck, the deputy found a holster for a small handgun Austin was believed to have been carrying, but the gun was missing. The area was searched, but Austin was not found and the vehicle was towed.

On Monday around 10 a.m., a family member of Austin’s who’d been searching around the rest area found the man dead on a nearby hill. The man appeared to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the report.

The rest area was briefly closed while officials recovered the man’s body. ..more.. by The News Review

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