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Autopsy finds missing Colorado deputy died of self-inflicted gunshot

Posted at 11:09 AM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 15:31:34-04

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — A western Colorado coroner says a sheriff's deputy who was the subject of a three-day search last week died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Searchers found the body of 26-year-old Tayler Esslinger in his truck on June 28 in Garfield County. A Colorado National Guard helicopter crew had spotted his vehicle.

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Esslinger was an Eagle County deputy and spent 12 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Gypsum Fire Protection District.

The Vail Daily reports Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire said Tuesday he ruled Esslinger's death a suicide.


Information from: Vail Daily,