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STARKE, Fla. -- A man wanted in Putnam County on five counts of sexual battery took his own life Wednesday instead of surrendering to law enforcement.

Officers with the Starke Police Department were dispatched to the Best Western, in the 1200 block of North Temple Avenue at 10:36 a.m. Wednesday in an attempt to locate 51-year-old Timothy Brian Raulerson who was wanted in Putnam County, according to the Starke Police Department.

Raulerson's car was found in the parking lot of the hotel.

Investigators attempted to make contact with Raulerson, but did not get a response from the hotel room. The room was double locked, which made a keycard useless for gaining entry. Officers forced their way inside the room and located Raulerson deceased from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound, according to SPD.

Starke Police Captain Barry Warren added, "The location and position of the deceased along with additional evidence in the room is consistent with a suicide."

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