Sources tell Action 2 News Marc Trager, one of the people running for the 8th Congressional District seat until two weeks ago, shot and killed himself Tuesday afternoon at his Brown County home.
His wife apparently found him dead at their home on Belle Plaine Court in Howard.
Chief Deputy John Gossage of the Brown County Sheriff's Department says a call to Dr. Trager's home came at 12:04 P.M. Authorities say it appears he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Foul play is not suspected.
"At this point there's still a lot of pieces of the puzzle to put together. We're going to be talking to neighbors, reviewing evidence around the scene, so it's going to be a long process," Gossage said.
The Trager home was surrounded by law enforcement Tuesday afternoon and filled with friends and family who came to show their support in the immediate wake of Trager's apparent suicide.
"We're working with all those individuals to make sure this is a painless process, if possible. As painless as possible for the family," Gossage said.
Trager, 64, dropped out of the Republican race for Congress exactly two weeks ago after campaigning for months. He cited health problems but wasn't specific.
"Unfortunately over the past several weeks I've developed some health issues which were totally unexpected and need my immediate attention," he said.
He only said he needed to drop out after consulting with his doctor.
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