NPS Digest is reporting this morning that a local resident committed suicide on a trail in Shenandoah National Park late last week.
A 53-year-old Luray man was found dead on the Mary’s Rock Trail, part of the Appalachian Trail, about a half mile from the Panorama parking area. The body was found by a couple hiking the trail. The couple had met the man on their way up the trail and described having a pleasant conversation with him before they continued their hike. Upon their return, they found the man lying along the trail, a victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Investigators concluded that his death was a suicide.
What a horrible situation for the couple that found him, especially after just having contact with him.