Man found dead by suicide near Spencer Butte

EUGENE, Ore. - A citizen alerted state police to a man dead behind the wheel of a car near Spencer Butte on Wednesday.

Investigators believe the 62-year-old Eugene man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

An Oregon State Police trooper was attempting to locate the family of a victim of a fatal traffic crash when a citizen flagged down the trooper.

The citizen told the trooper there was a suspicious vehicle parked off the road near S. Willamette Street and W. 52nd Avenue.

The citizen pointed out where the passenger car was parked, and the trooper saw the driver was slumped over in the driver's seat.

When the trooper approached the car, he found the man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. A handgun was found in the vehicle.