Police investigating apparent suicide

By Baker City Herald June 17, 2014 04:26 pm

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of the Baker County Medical Examiner, is continuing the investigation into the death of an adult male found deceased Monday evening from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound near his vehicle about 6 miles southeast of Baker City.

On June 16, 2014 at approximately 8:27 p.m., OSP was contacted by Baker County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) after a citizen's report of a found vehicle associated with a missing 36-year old Baker City man. According to BCSO, the man took the family car and hadn't been seen since 7:00 a.m. that morning.

OSP and Baker City Police Department responded to the unoccupied vehicle's location along Grey Eagle Mine Road about two miles south of Highway 86. Officers searched the surrounding area and found DAVID KHAYAT, age 36, from Baker City, about fifty yards from the vehicle deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Help is available in Baker County for community members struggling from a mental health crisis and/or suicidal thoughts. Suicide is preventable.

Mountain Valley Mental Health Programs, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation that serves the residents of Baker County with a broad range of mental health services. Crisis intervention is just one of the services they provide.

A crisis help line is available 24 hours a day by calling (541) 523-3646. If it is after hours, the call will be forwarded to a crisis worker. If you or someone you know needs help with suicidal thoughts or is otherwise in an immediate mental health crisis, please call the crisis line.

The Mountain Valley Mental Health Programs, Inc., is also available Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. by calling (541) 523-3646. Their office is located at 2200 Fourth Street in Baker City.

No other information related to this incident for release at this time.