Victim in burning SUV took their own life

Posted at 12:49 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 14:49:15-04

The victim found inside a burning SUV earlier this week apparently took their own life, deputies said.

Deputies were initially called to a vehicle fire at mile marker 290 on Highway 85, near Nunn, at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Deputies said that when they arrived, they found an SUV on the shoulder, fully engulfed in flames.

One person was found dead inside, officials said.

"Evidence at the scene suggests that the patient suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head before the vehicle caught fire,' the Weld County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Investigators believe the vehicle fire may have been the result of a mechanical issue with the vehicle.

The Weld County Coroner's Office said it is launching an investigation into this incident.

They have not released the victim's name, age or gender.

The warning signs that someone on considering suicide include:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious, agitated or recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

If you need help for a friend, or yourself, call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or reach out for help from one of the suicide hotlines in Colorado.


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