UPDATE: Victim of apparent suicide identified

Friday, December 30, 2011 | 11:01 a.m. CST; updated 12:12 p.m. CST, Friday, December 30, 2011

COLUMBIA — The man found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in University Avenue parking garage Thursday has been identified.

MU police confirmed that the apparent suicide victim was Jonathan L. DeHaven, 55. He was a chief laboratory animal technician at MU's Office of Animal Resources, according to an MU police news release.

MU police have formally ruled the death as a suicide and closed the investigation.

Police responded Thursday to an 11:40 a.m. call about a medical emergency from the Joint Communications center. At 12:30 p.m., MU police had cordoned off upper levels of the parking garage and were redirecting traffic.

MU Police Chief Jack Watring said a note left behind by DeHaven led police to believe the death was a suicide. Police also found a gun at the scene, Capt. Scott Richardson said.

DeHaven was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel, according to police.

A notification about the incident was sent at 12:25 p.m. Thursday through MU's emergency alert system.

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