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Searchers find body of missing Ashland man

An Ashland man who had been missing since heading out on a hike early Friday was found dead Monday in the woods near Dead Indian Memorial Road seven hours after a passerby spotted the man's vehicle.

Jack Copley Loessi, 69, died of a self-inflicted gunshot, said Jackson County sheriff's Lt. Pat Rowland.

Loessi left his home at about 8 a.m. Friday, indicating he would go on a hike and return home around noon.

After he didn't return late Friday, his family reported him missing to the Ashland Police Department, police said.

A passerby spotted Loessi's teal 1998 Toyota Corolla earlier Sunday in the 11600 block of Dead Indian Memorial Road at about 11 a.m. Monday and reported it to police, said Ashland police Sgt. Bob Smith.

Police called Jackson and Klamath counties search and rescue teams. At least 42 search and rescue team members combed the hiking trails near the road for seven hours before a canine unit located Loessi's body, Rowland said. Loessi was found about one-fourth of a mile away from his vehicle in the woods near a landing on Skid Road, an old logging road off of Dead Indian Memorial Road, he said.

Search and rescue members were able to manually recover the body, Rowland said. No suicide note was found, he said.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner is investigating the death.