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Douglas Winter's body was found Nov. 5, more than two weeks after his kayak washed ashore near Split Rock State Park.

Autopsy: Missing kayaker committed suicide

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Douglas Winter, the Lake Superior kayaker whose body was found washed ashore Nov. 5 just north of Two Harbors, committed suicide, his death certificate states.


The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office, which performed an autopsy in Hibbing, has officially declared that Winter suffered a "self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head." It was also revealed that investigators had found a handgun case in Winter's car, along with a box of ammunition with bullets missing.

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