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Suicide ends manhunt for surgeon

Timothy Jorden was found dead in thick brush.

BUFFALO - A former Army weapons expert pursued after the shooting death of his former girlfriend apparently killed himself with a gunshot to the head, quelling the risk of more bloodshed and silencing perhaps the only voice that might have answered the central question: What caused a gifted trauma surgeon widely beloved as a lifesaver to end his life in a spasm of violence?

After a two-day nationwide manhunt, police found the body of a man believed to be Timothy Jorden in thick brush near the doctor’s Lake Erie shoreline home. A neighbor had reported hearing a gunshot from the area on Wednesday morning, and police with dogs found the body, dressed in surgical scrubs, on Friday morning.

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Neighbor June Dupree said she was distraught over the developments.

“It doesn’t make any sense that he did that and that he killed himself,’’ she said. “Oh, my God, it’s just terrible. I can’t get over it.’’

She said everybody loved Jorden.

“He saved so many lives,’’ she said. “This is what doesn’t make sense. There’s got to be more to it.’’

Authorities had been searching for Jorden since Wednesday morning, when 33-year-old Jacqueline Wisniewski was found shot to death in a stairwell at the Erie County Medical Center. Friends said Wisniewski was afraid of the 49-year-old Jorden and had broken off their relationship some time ago.

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