Man found dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound identified

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 3:13 PM

A man found dead Tuesday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a wooded area in the 3000 block of County Road 126, about 13 miles southwest of Durango, was identified Thursday as 39-year-old Sean Connor of Hesperus.

Connor’s mother reported him missing to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office about 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to Sheriff’s Office spokesman Chris Burke.

Burke said Connor had been missing since 4:30 p.m. Monday. Deputies searched his mother’s residence, where he is believed to have been living temporarily.

“Upon deputies arriving, they started scanning the area and found the male deceased,” he said. “They found him in a wooded area near the house.”

La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith confirmed it was a suicide.

To help

Help for people having suicidal thoughts or for those who fear a person is considering killing himself can be found from these sources:

Axis Health System: 24-hour hotline at 247-5245.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255) or text “TALK” to 741741.

RED Nacional de PrevencióN Del Suicidio: (888) 628-9454.

National Crisis text Hotline: 741741

Fort Lewis College Counseling Center: 247-7212.

Boys Town Hotline: (800) 448-3000.

Safe2Tell Colorado: (877) 542-7233 or online at

Colorado Crisis Support Line: (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 or online at to access a live chat available in 17 languages. The line has mental-health professionals available to talk to adults or youths about any crisis, 24 hours a day.

Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth via online chat, text or phone.

Southern Ute Community ACtion Program: Visit and click on Suicide Prevention for a list of trained gatekeepers.

Second Wind Fund: (720) 962-0706. This is not a crisis hotline, but the fund is available to youths who face social or financial barriers to crisis counseling. The organization requires a referral by a school counselor or mental-health professional.

Survivors Support GrouP: Heartbeat of Durango meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. Contact Janna for information at (970) 749-1673.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Colorado chapter information available at

For Men: A website for adult men contemplating suicide, who often are unwilling to seek help, is available at