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Authorities say death of missing Gainesville man was suicide
Cornelius Zippro
Cornelius Zippro

Authorities in Washington determined a Gainesville man’s death to be a suicide after the man went missing in mid-June.

Cornelius “Casey” Zippro, 31, was in North Cascades National Park with a friend at the Colonial Creek Campground and was last seen June 16 at site No. 3 near Diablo Lake, according to family.

“Over the course of the last two weeks searchers from the National Park Service, Whatcom County Search and Rescue, Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Border Patrol have searched the trails and area around the campground. In addition, K9 search teams and divers searched the surrounding area and Diablo Lake for Mr. Zippro,” according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

A body was found in a remote wooded area near the campground Tuesday, July 3, and an autopsy was performed Thursday, July 5. The body was identified as Zippro.

“There were no signs of foul play nor violence at the scene, and the death has been determined to be a suicide,” according to the sheriff’s office.

His friend told authorities he left to go on a hike alone after having an argument with Zippro.

“When he returned, Zippro’s tent and backpack were still at the campsite, but there was no sign of him,” according to an earlier news release.