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MICHIGAN MAN DIES WHILE BEAR HUNTING

Autopsy: Bear hunter from Michigan committed suicide

June 4, 2004, 2:33 PM

POLSON, Mont. (AP) -- A shooting death that authorities originally concluded was probably accidental is now being ruled a suicide, Lake County authorities said Friday.

Undersheriff Mike Sargent said an autopsy conducted on the body of Zachary W. Mienk, 21, of Michigan found "conclusive" evidence of suicide.

"That was the conclusion of the forensic examiner, and he said there is no doubt that it was a suicide," Sargent said Friday.

U.S. Forest Service workers found Mienk's body Wednesday in western Montana's Swan Valley. Mienk, a student at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, had gone bear hunting earlier in the week.

Sargent said it originally appeared Mienk had accidentally shot himself. His body was taken to the state crime lab in Missoula, where Sargent said examiners found evidence of "recent suicide attempts by other means," and indications that the bullet wound was intentional. He declined to elaborate.

Authorities said Mienk was from Michigan, but a hometown was not immediately available.

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