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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Thursday, March 02, 2006 at 14:10:41 :

Independent Journal
Tuesday, January 21, 1964
Page 4

Body Found In Inverness Park Garage

Robert Dean Coulter, 49, retired buyer for Sears Roebuck and Co. in San Francisco, was found shot to death at 5 p.m. yesterday in his station wagon in the garage of this apartment behind a grocery store in Inverness Park, Asst. Coroner William Bradley reported today.

Bradley, terming the death suicide, said a recently purchased .38-caliber pistol, with two bullets spent, was found near the body, which was stretched on the front seat of the car.

Coulter, who had suffered pain since spinal surgery four years ago, had been shot once through the head, the bullet entering through the mouth and departing through the skull, said Bradley.

No note was found.

An autopsy was to be performed at Chapel of the Hills, San Anselmo.

The body was discovered by Fred Alden Peterson Jr., 21, son of Mrs. Wilma Van Peer, owner of the grocery, reported Bradley. Peterson investigated after his mother asked him whether he had seen Coulter recently.

Removal of the body was complicated by two earthslides, said Bradley. The first slide pushed Coulter’s car part way from the garage into Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. A second slide dumped tons of earth and “planted a tree” in the boulevard, blocking it on half hour, reported Christensen. County workmen cleared the road.

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