Suspect in Heber City killing found dead in Oregon

Preliminary evidence indicates Michael Grant Ansam died from a gunshot wound to the head, police said Tuesday.

(Wasatch County Sheriff's Office) Police are searching for Michael Grant Ansam.

The suspect in the killing of a Heber City woman has been found dead in Oregon, according to police.

The body of Michael Grant Ansam, 35, was located in Wallowa State Park near Joseph, Oregon, about 330 miles east of Portland, not far from the state’s border with Idaho. According to a news release from the Heber City Police Department, a U.S. Forest Ranger found Ansam’s pickup truck on a road in the park on Monday afternoon, and found Ansam’s body about 100 yards from the vehicle.

According to police, Ansam’s likely cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, and a handgun was found nearby. The medical examiner’s autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

Police had been searching for Ansam since July 15, when Julie Ann Burns’ body was found inside her home. Two days earlier, Ansam allegedly shot Burns in the head in her home while their two children were upstairs. He then told the children to close their eyes while he walked them out of the house.

Ansam was charged with murder and a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

Burns had previously been granted a protective order against Ansam and had told police that she feared he would kill her, according to court records. In June, Ansam was charged with assaulting Burns, who told police she feared that Ansam would beat or shoot her to death.

Correction: 9:25 a.m., Aug. 16: The location of Wallowa State Park has been corrected.