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Man found in Weeki Wachee Preserve died of self-inflicted gunshot, deputies believe

WEEKI WACHEE — A body found Monday in the Weeki Wachee Preserve in southwestern Hernando has been identified as a missing 48-year-old Georgia man, officials said.

An autopsy conducted this morning indicated that Randall Keith Heglar, of Elijay, Ga., died of a self-inflected gunshot wound.

Authorities in Hernando found a handgun under Heglar's body. Back at his Georgia home, authorities there found a suicide note and noticed that his handgun was missing from the house.

Heglar's relatives were notified today. They told authorities they once lived in Spring Hill before moving to Georgia several years ago.

A patrol deputy noticed a pickup truck parked at an access point to the preserve off Osowaw Boulevard on March 24. He ran the tag, but the truck did not come up stolen. The same deputy came back Saturday, and the pickup was still there.

The truck was still not reported stolen or missing, but investigators contacted the Gilmer County Sheriff's Office in Georgia. Officials there contacted Heglar's family, who said he had not returned home.

Hernando deputies started searching the area over the weekend and found a man's body in the woods off the main asphalt path about 3 p.m. Monday.

Authorities said there were no initial signs of foul play.

Man found in Weeki Wachee Preserve died of self-inflicted gunshot, deputies believe 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 4:05pm]
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