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A man was found dead Saturday in southwest Boulder in what officials are calling an apparent suicide.

The man was found by a hiker at 8 a.m. Saturday near the Front Porch climbing area west of the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Mesa lab, according to a release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said the man, who appeared to be a white male in his 20s, was found dead with a gun next to his body, and investigators said the gunshot appears to be self-inflicted.

The Boulder County Coroner’s Office is working on identifying the man, and also will conduct an autopsy and investigation to determine the official cause and manner of death.

Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks and Rocky Mountain Rescue group also responded to the scene to assist the sheriff and coroner’s offices.

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