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Posted: September 1, 2011 7:36 p.m.

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Missing man committed suicide

A Social Circle man reported missing Tuesday was found dead early Thursday morning, the victim of a suicide.

James "Jim" Welch, 65, was last seen by his wife around 11 a.m. Tuesday close to their home on West Hightower Trail. When she returned home from running errands around 3 p.m., he was not at home and she became worried, eventually reporting him missing to authorities.

Welch was located just before 12:30 a.m. Thursday in a wooded area off Memorial Drive. According to Public Safety Director Tom Fox, the cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Fox said that Welch had two notes, one said to call 911 and look inside his wallet; the other was his suicide note. 

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