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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Police still seek clues to identity of suicide victim

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  • Ardmore police are hoping an enhanced image of the unknown man who took his own life inside the local Walmart in 2011 will lead to his identity.
    On Feb. 9, 2011, at about 8:30 p.m. officers responded to Walmart, finding the man lying on the floor of a restroom. He had sustained a gunshot wound and was taken to the local hospital. He later died as he was being airlifted to another medical facility.
    Investigators determined the gunshot wound was self-inflicted. The man carried no identification nor anything else on his person that could assist in identifying him. Security camera video, that showed the man entering the store just moments before he killed himself, was released. However, the taped images were extremely grainy and unclear and did not lead to the man's identity. The tape was then sent to the OSBI for attempts to enhance the images.
    Also at the time, investigators used a number of other methods to learn who the man was, including a database fingerprint search and tracing the gun he used to take his life. Those efforts were unsuccessful.
    "At this time, the man remains unidentified," APD Public Information Officer Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt said Tuesday.
    He said investigators hope by releasing the "cleaned up" imagines of the man, referred to as John Doe, someone will recognize him and contact police.
    John Doe is described as white male, with black or brown hair and a mustache. He was possibly in his 40s and was 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighed about 250 pounds and had a scar approximately 6.5 centimeters long, located 2 to 3 inches above his left ankle.
    Anyone with information regarding the identity of the man is urged to contact police at (580) 223-1212.
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