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Arkansas authorities say Missouri doctor whose body was found in lake committed suicide

The death of a Missouri doctor found 11 months ago in a northwest Arkansas lake has been ruled a suicide, Arkansas authorities announced Thursday.

Dr. John Forsyth died from a gunshot wound to the head, the Benton County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. An autopsy performed by the chief medical examiner at the Arkansas State Crime Lab concluded the death was a suicide.

The sheriff’s office said its detectives located several surveillance videos of Forsyth riding his bike to the lake and that the bike was near where Forsyth’s body was found.

Forsyth, 49, failed to show up for his shift on May 21, 2023, at Mercy Hospital in Cassville, Missouri, where he had parked his RV. That sparked a search, and there was no sign of him until a kayaker noticed his body in Arkansas on May 30, at a spot on Beaver Lake, about 20 miles from his last known location.

— EDITOR’S NOTE — This story includes discussion of suicide. If you or someone you know needs help, America’s National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is available by calling or texting 988. There is also an online chat on 988lifeline.org —

The mystery surrounding his death brought national attention to his case. Social media has speculated that his death may be linked to the cryptocurrency company he co-founded with his brother.

“Detectives were unable to find any information or evidence that would cause us to dispute the medical examiner’s findings,” the sheriff’s statement said. “If objective and relevant physical evidence becomes available, these leads will be investigated on a case-by-case basis.”


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