Suicide victim found at roadside turnout in Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park rangers discovered the body of a Florida man Monday after an apparent suicide.

The body of Alberto Ortega, 55, of Winter Park, Fla. was found at Windy Point turnout on the Teton Park Road, according to a statement released by the park’s public affairs office.

Evidence found at the scene indicates that Ortega likely took his own life in the early morning hours with a single gunshot to his head. Rangers are conducting an investigation into what appears to be a suicide.

Rangers responded to an emergency call at 6:15 a.m. Monday. Passersby placed that 911 call when they came upon an unconscious man lying on the ground next to his Toyota pickup truck at the popular roadside turnout. Upon arrival, rangers found Ortega deceased from a head wound, and a semi-automatic pistol next to his body. A note left by Ortega was also located at the scene.

Park officials said that suicides are “an extremely rare occurrence” in Grand Teton National Park.

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