Los Alamos County medical director found dead

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New Mexico State Police located the body of Los Alamos County medical director Thursday afternoon near Ghost Ranch.

Dr. Laura Kay, a resident of Rio Rancho, provided programmatic oversight and training of the various components of the EMS system.

She was the subject of a missing person alert that was issued at 11 p.m. Wednesday after she failed to return home from work, said Los Alamos Deputy Fire Chief Patrick Sleik.

Law enforcement was able to locate Kay's car Thursday through her OnStar communications system. State Police went to the location and discovered Kay's body near her car.

The cause of death appears to be from a gunshot. A note was found on the front seat of her car, Sleik said.

In addition to her work with Los Alamos County, Dr. Kay specialized in emergency medicine and had a practice in Albuquerque. She was also affiliated with the University of New Mexico Hospital.

Dr. Kay was a 1994 graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine.

Read the full story in Friday's edition of the Los Alamos Monitor.