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Man Suspected in Disappearance Kills Self

April 9, 2003

RENO, Nev. (AP) _ A man who became a suspect in his wife’s disappearance after he abandoned her 3-year-old son in a store committed suicide, one day after posting bail, police said Wednesday.

Lyle Montgomery, 42, fatally shot himself at a friend’s home Tuesday night, said police Lt. Ron Holladay.

Because he was considered a suicide risk, his release from jail had stipulated he stay with a friend, check in daily with the court, and follow his doctor’s medication and therapy orders.

A judge had reduced Montgomery’s bail from $2.5 million to $150,000 on Thursday over arguments from prosecutors, who wanted bail revoked because he was suspected of killing his wife, Jeannette Corpuz, who disappeared in January.

Montgomery, a pharmacist, was never charged with murder. He had been jailed since February on charges of assault and false imprisonment for allegedly threatening Corpuz with a gun months earlier.

He became a suspect in her disappearance after authorities found her son abandoned in a shopping cart at a Salt Lake City ShopKo store Jan. 25. Authorities believe Montgomery left the boy there and killed Corpuz, though the woman’s body was never found.

Days after the boy was abandoned, police found Montgomery on the floor of his condominium with a handgun nearby. He was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital and was taken into police custody when the hospital released him Feb. 27.

The child is now living with his biological father in California.

Attorney Scott Freeman said he had spent part of Tuesday with Montgomery and thought he was fine.

``He wasn’t suicidal. He was confident in his case,″ Freeman said. ``It’s a very, very disturbing and horrible ending to a very unusual and tragic saga.″

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