Pelkie man dies in suicide at Founder’s Landing

MARQUETTE — A 20-year-old Pelkie man was found dead at Founder’s Landing Tuesday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Marquette Police Department.

Police Chief Blake Rieboldt said police received the call at about 8:40 a.m. Tuesday. An employee of the Marquette Parks and Recreation Department found the body seated at a picnic table above the boathouse across from the Landing Condominiums.

Police found the man with his head on the table holding a handgun.

Rieboldt said police were there within minutes.

“We were there pretty much immediately. There was a slight pulse at first, so they tried to do the best they could, … but it was already done,” Rieboldt said. “He wasn’t going to be saved.”

Det. Mike Archocosky said there is strong evidence to suggest that this was a suicide.

“There’s no doubt in our mind that it was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Rieboldt said.

It is the policy of The Mining Journal not to release the names of suicide victims.

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