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Anaconda Chief of Police Tim Barkell confirmed Wednesday the suicide by hanging of a 19-year-old student at the Anaconda Job Corps Center in January.

Barkell said Job Corps informed Anaconda police of the suicide just after 2 a.m. on Thursday, January 19. He said when Job Corps conducted a routine head count, they noticed the student was missing.

Following tracks in the snow into the nearby forest, they found the 19-year-old had hanged himself with parachute cord from a tree.

Anaconda police have ruled the death a suicide and do not suspect foul play. The body was sent the Montana State Crime Lab.

Anaconda Job Corps Center, 1384 Foster Creek Road, referred questions about the incident to its regional office in Dallas, which did not respond.

The Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16-24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. 

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