http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...TDqTYLNBLiKMwAOregon State Police Lt. Gregg Hastings identified the man on Friday as Phillip Ferguson. An autopsy conducted by Oregon state Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson found the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head from a small-caliber weapon.
Ferguson was a stockbroker and financial consultant accused of bilking investors out of $30 million. He vanished in 2000 while his Indiana investment business was under a federal investigation. Grant County prosecutors later charged him with 90 counts of security violations.
Ferguson's case has been featured on "America's Most Wanted."
Hastings said earlier that initial evidence indicated it was unlikely that shots fired by the Harney County sheriff and a sergeant hit the man Wednesday as he fled in a pickup. Late Friday, Hastings said the county district attorney's office had not authorized him to discuss the manner of death.
Neighbors in the remote area near Burns, Ore., knew the man as an alfalfa farmer named Vernon Cox. Authorities said Roy Vernon Cox was an alias Ferguson used.