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Escaped Con: “Suicide by Bear” in Yellowstone

You remember the three. Tracy Province (right) ended up being captured in in Meeteetse, Wyoming today after a tipster pointed them in that direction; she chatted with him outside a church yesterday and reported him after recognizing him from news accounts. He surrendered to federal officials without a struggle; he was carrying a 9mm pistol and hitchhiking to Casper. The other two were caught later.

Since then, Province has opened up to Mohave County sheriff’s Detective Larry Matthews about why he headed to Yellowstone. The convicted murderer had a simple reason: he wanted to commit suicide in the Park.

“He had planned to go up in the mountains and shoot a gram of heroin and be bear food. He wanted to overdose and let the bears eat him,” Matthews said. “He was making the drugs, and a voice told him ‘no.’ He called it divine intervention.”

Province, 42, pleaded guilty this month to charges stemming from the escape and faces dozens of additional years in prison when he is sentenced Friday. His attorney said Province had nothing to gain by defending himself because he already is serving a double life sentence for a 1991 robbery and murder.

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