It was just about a year ago that a college professor headed into the remote backcountry of Canyonlands National Park to find his final resting place. His remains recently were discovered in the Needles District by another hiker.
Last May Jerry Wolff, a biology professor at St. Cloud State University, told rangers he was going on a four-day solo backcountry trek. When he didn't return on schedule, a search was launched in the park, and an investigation was mounted back at St. Cloud. That investigation turned up a note that led officials to fear the 65-year-old Wolff was going to commit suicide.
On March 18, another backcountry hiker found the professor's remains. Canyonlands officials say he died from a single gunshot to the head. His remains were identified through dental records.
The note Mr. Wolff left for his family said, "I am gone in a remote wilderness where I can return my body and soul to nature. There is no reason for anyone to look for me, just leave me where I am."