Former Life Link CEO Dies in FL in Apparent Suicide

Deputies in Florida reportedly found the body of Richard Carter McComb after getting a call from a man who said he was going to kill himself; McComb was arrested in June and faced six felony tax charges.

The former leader of a local nonprofit medical consortium reportedly died October 20 in Marathon, Florida, in an apparent suicide.

Richard Carter McComb, 64, the former CEO of Life Link III, was arrested in June at the organization's Minneapolis offices and faced six felony tax charges.

According to the Star Tribune, a spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff in Key West, Florida, said Wednesday that her agency got a call at 6:15 a.m. October 20 from a man who said he was going to kill himself. The man reportedly gave a general location of where his body could be found, and deputies were sent to the scene.

The sheriff's spokeswoman told the Star Tribune that McComb's body was found at the end of a road next to some dumpsters. The Minneapolis newspaper said that incident reports revealed that deputies found a 9mm Walther handgun on the ground between McComb's body and his left arm. The spokesman said there was no indication of foul play.

Following McComb's arrest, Life Link III called him “an independent consultant who is currently our CEO.” The organization comprises nine local health-care organizations and provides medical transportation by both ground and air.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court in June, McComb failed to file individual income tax returns with the Minnesota Department of Revenue for tax years 2007 through 2009. McComb did allegedly file federal returns for all three years, claiming residency in Florida-a state that doesn't assess personal income tax. The complaint indicated that he actually resided in Minnesota all three years.

According to the complaint, Life Link III indicated in federal tax forms that “contracted CEO” payments of $110,630, $224,640, and $268,680, respectively, were made to McComb's consulting company during the three tax years in question. However, McComb's own federal tax returns for the corresponding years reported adjusted gross income of $47,744, $40,477, and $41,099.

The Star Tribune reported that McComb allegedly hadn't filed a Minnesota tax return since 2002.

Following McComb's arrest, Life Link III released a statement saying that “the investigation concerns Carter McComb and the business entities in which he has a financial interest,” adding that he “has no financial interest in Life Link III.” Earlier this month, Life Link III named Edward Eroe its new president and CEO.

The hospitals in the Life Link III consortium are Allina Hospitals & Clinics; Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota; Fairview Health Services; Hennepin County Medical Center; Regions Hospital; Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin; St. Cloud Hospital/CentraCare Health System; St. Luke's Hospital; and St. Mary's Medical Center.