Instead of reporting to Ayer, Mass., federal prison on Monday to serve a 20-year term for defrauding $450 million from investors in the failed Bayou hedge fund, Samuel Israel III has either committed suicide or left clues to make authorities believe he has.

Israel’s 2006 GMC Envoy was found two days ago on Bear Mountain Bridge near West Point, with the phrase “Suicide is Painless” scrawled in dust and pollen on the hood.

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