Enid DHS worker's death appears to be suicide

An Oklahoma Department of Human Services employee was found dead Tuesday morning in the gymnasium of the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center of Enid. His death is believed to be self-inflicted.
by Randy Ellis Modified: November 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm •  Published: November 28, 2012
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— A state Department of Human Services employee was found dead Tuesday morning in the gymnasium of the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center in Enid.

Enid police identified the deceased as Sean Stopp, 43, of Covington, and said his death appeared to be a suicide.

Stopp “appeared to have succumbed to self-inflicted asphyxiation,” police said. “Preliminary findings do not suspect foul play.”

Another DHS employee called police about 9:55 a.m. Tuesday after Stopp's body was discovered.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Oklahoma City for an autopsy.

Stopp's work title at the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center was direct care specialist II, said Sheree Powell, DHS spokeswoman.

Stopp had worked at the center for less than two years.

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by Randy Ellis
Capitol Bureau Reporter
For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two...
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