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National Park Service Spokesman Reportedly Dead by Suicide

WTOP's Mark Segraves is reporting on Twitter that longtime National Park Service Public Information Officer Bill Line was found dead in his home yesterday of an apparent suicide.

I just talked to an MPD spokesman who could not confirm that Line was the victim but told me: "On the 7th at about 8:42 we received a call from the 1500 block of 18th Street NW (intersection with Church and Q). A caller advised that it was an attempted suicide and that there was a knife. The caller also advised that the victim was not breathing and that the victim was deceased."

The Office of the Medical Examiner and National Park Service were not reachable for comment due to the holiday.

City Paper has been critical of Line at times, but if the reports are correct, we give our deepest condolences and well-wishes to his friends and family. This is sad news indeed.

  • Jane

    My deepest condolences to his family. I'd also like to thank the author for not saying the suicide was "committed". In almost all cases suicide is the end result of a serious mental illness; no one is being selfish or trying to hurt others, they're just incredibly ill. I appreciate the sensitivity.

  • David McCartney

    Bill and I met in 1977 while undergraduate students in the journalism program at the University of Wisconsin. He was fastidious, conscientious, a stickler for accuracy and detail. He was kind, generous, and a good listener. Bill was also demanding in the best sense of the word, both of his friends and of his professional colleagues. I am stunned and saddened by this. My deepest condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace, dear friend.

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  • Brian K. Person

    Bill has been my Water Aerobics teacher for at least five years now. He taught class every Monday and Wednesday night. I'm on my way after typing this as a matter of fact. All of us are deeply saddened and will miss our dear friend. We we're more than just a class we were an extended family who usually met at Bill's place maybe once or twice a year. He was generous, unselfish and very kind to all he met. He really loved his Mom I'm sure and it took something out of him when she passed. He will be greatly missed.

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