Police said that the suspect in the murder of a woman from Heber City has been discovered dead in Oregon.
Michael Grant Ansam, 35, was found dead in Wallowa State Park not far from Joseph, Oregon, 330 miles east of Portland, close to the state’s border with Idaho. Ansam’s pickup truck was discovered by a US Forest Ranger on a road in the park on Monday afternoon, and Ansam’s body was discovered about 100 yards from the vehicle, according to a press release from the Heber City Police Department.
Ansam likely died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the police, and a handgun was discovered nearby. Wednesday will be the day of the autopsy by the medical examiner.
Since Julie Ann Burns’ body was discovered there on July 15, police have been looking for Ansam. Ansam is accused of shooting Burns in the head in her house two days prior, while their two kids were upstairs. Then, as he led the kids out of the house, he instructed them to close their eyes.
An arrest warrant had been issued for Ansam, who was suspected of murder.
According to court documents, Burns had had a protective order against Ansam and had told the police that she thought he would kill her. Ansam was charged with assaulting Burns in June after she told police she thought Ansam would kill her by beating or shooting her.
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