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Police Close Mysterious Death Investigation

KENNEWICK, Wash. - You may remember hearing about a body found in the parking lot at Kennewick General Hospital on New Years Day.

Investigators have now closed the case, but there are still several questions left unanswered.

A hospital employee came outside and found the body of Andre Foster sitting in his van at the KGH parking lot. Foster's roommates reported him missing two weeks before when he didn't show up to drive one of them to the airport.

Benton County Coroner confirmed Foster died of a gun shot to the back. Officers found an audio tape with what may have been a muffled gun shot. They also found a will in Foster's pocket along with instructions in case anyone found him dead. It looked like suicide, but detectives never found the gun.

Police would love to learn where the weapon is, but they don't know where else to turn.

"Basically we're just to the point where we've exhausted everything there is to do in this investigation," said Sgt. Randy Maynard, Kennewick Police Department.   

Detectives said Foster constantly suffered from pain in his lower back and Foster's note said he was tired of it.

Police think the weapon was a Baretta pistol.

If you think you know where the gun might be, detectives said they would be willing to reopen the case.