On January 22, 2014, at 4:55pm, the City of Corvallis Police Department received a call regarding a deceased male in Willamette Park. Officers responded and learned a citizen using the park located the deceased male in a covered picnic area. Officers confirmed the victim was deceased and found he sustained a single gunshot wound to the chest. During a subsequent investigation, officers identified the victim as 61-year-old Corvallis resident, Michael T. Elder.
Officers determined the incident was not criminal in nature and Mr. Elder died from a self inflicted gunshot.