veronica ruiz's body found

Really, really tragic news. That body found Sunday on Mount Tamalpais is indeed Veronica Ruiz, who had been missing since last month: Body found on Mount Tamalpais is that of missing IRS agent.

According to an autopsy conducted by the Marin County Coroner's Office, Ruiz died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Her IRS-service weapon was found by her side and her U.S. Treasury Department photo I.D. card was found in her purse near her body. Dental records further confirmed the identification.

Is anyone else surprised to learn that IRS agents carry firearms?

It's incredibly sad news. It's a small comfort knowing that Veronica's loved ones can now have some closure. Except now, of course, the questions remain about what drove her to take her own life—questions that will never have a satisfactory answer. My deepest condolences to her family for their loss.

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