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Body of missing Wellington man found

Published: Monday, July 22 2013 1:46 p.m. MDT

The body of a Wellington man was found Thursday near his Jeep at the bottom of a 300-foot cliff. The Carbon County Sheriff's Office says it appears the man committed suicide, but an autopsy has been ordered.

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PRICE — Authorities in Carbon County are investigating the death of a Wellington man whose body was found last week near his Jeep at the bottom of a 300-foot cliff.

Chris Bailey's mother reported her son missing June 16, Carbon County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Tom Stefanoff said. Bailey, 43, had left messages for family and friends that indicated he might be suicidal, Stefanoff said.

Bailey's 1995 Jeep Wrangler was found two days later by friends and family at the bottom of a cliff near Mounds, Stefanoff said. The sheriff's office recovered Bailey's body nearby.

"It appears he intentionally drove off the cliff," Stefanoff said.

Bailey's body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy, the chief deputy said.

— Geoff Liesik

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