The CSU Police Department released its official police report on the 2008 death of Matthew Quitmeyer last week, illuminating the reasons the department eventually ruled a murder investigation a suicide.
Discovered in the Summit Hall parking lot in July of 2008, he had been killed by a gunshot to the chest, and no gun could be found on the scene. Because of the absence of the gun and the lack of powder burns on Quitmeyerâ€™s wounds, police determined that he had been shot from a distance.
After discovering a rifle purchased by Quitmeyer in a bush 90 feet from his corpse, along with several suicide notes and a computer search history including queries about life insurance and suicide, CSUPD ruled the death a suicide.
Considering this evidence and the lack of any evidence supporting a homicide, CSUPD concluded that Quitmeyer shot himself with the rifle, hid the weapon and stumbled the 89.6 feet to his death in the parking lot.