Police confirmed that Holly Marie Bruce died from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after acknowledging that her body was discovered in the Tonto National Forest area recently. The 25-year-old valley woman had been missing since around January 4, 2012 and since day one her family suspected suicide would be involved.
Holly Marie Bruce had suffered from depression ever since her father took his own life 10 years prior. It's been frequently reported that her mental state intensified after she was responsible for hitting and killing a man with her vehicle in Scottsdale several months ago.
While it's a heartbreaking shame that this young woman is dead, it's also fortunate that this missing persons case didn't end in a far more tragic manner. Several women are missing in the United States, and many are never found. What's more, several fall victim to foul play by the hands of sexual predators or crimes of convenience. This family has the closure that they need, although now the pages of their family history contain another suicide close to home.
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