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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 less than a week after posting bail, police said Wednesday.

Lyle Montgomery, 42, fatally shot himself at a friend’s home Tuesday night, police spokeswoman Susi Havens said.

Because he was considered a suicide threat, 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 his bail from $2.5 million to $150,000 on Friday over arguments from prosecutors who wanted bail revoked because he was suspected of killing his wife, Jeannette Corpuz.

Montgomery, a pharmacist in Reno, was never charged with murder. He had been jailed on charges of assault and false imprisonment for allegedly threatening his wife with a gun in October. She disappeared in January, and authorities believe Montgomery killed her.

He became a suspect after authorities found her son abandoned in shopping cart at a Salt Lake City ShopKo store Jan. 25. Days later, police found Montgomery on the floor of his condominium with a handgun nearby.

He was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital after he was found to be a suicide risk, and was taken into police custody when the hospital released him Feb. 27.

Corpuz’ son is now living with his father in California.

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