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US: Body of Suspect in Washington State Killing Is Discovered

Benjamin Colton Barnes (file photo)

Benjamin Colton Barnes (file photo)

The body of the man authorities say is responsible for the shooting death of a female U.S. federal ranger in a national park in the far western state of Washington has been found.

A massive search had been under way for Iraq War veteran Benjamin Colton Barnes after he was stopped at a roadblock set up by the ranger in Mount Rainier National Park. He then allegedly opened fire and killed ranger Margaret Anderson, who had established the roadblock.

Barnes had earlier been tied to a shooting at a New Year's party near Seattle in which four people were wounded. It was later on Sunday that Anderson was killed.

News reports, quoting family members, say Barnes suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition frequently linked to U.S. soldiers serving in war zones. He was said to be suicidal.

Barnes' body was discovered by a plane searching the park's remote wilderness, where he had fled. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.