A Ripon man died Wednesday evening in what authorities initially believed to be a one-vehicle accident — but proved to be a suicide.

   The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department identified the victim Friday as Jordan T. Cody, 27, of Ripon.

   According to a press release from the sheriff’s department, emergency responders were sent to 6873 Highway 44 in the Winnebago County, near the Fond du Lac County line, Wednesday evening for a reported “accident with injury.”

   “Deputies were initially advised that a vehicle had struck a house but located the vehicle in a field approximately 100 to 150 yards off the roadway with a deceased male inside,” the release stated. “The deceased party was identified as 27-year-old Jordan T. Cody from Ripon.

   “An investigation into this incident was conducted by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office along with the Winnebago County Corners Officer. This preliminary results of this investigation revealed that the male party died as a result of self-inflected gunshot wound.”

   The incident remains under investigation, with no additional information available.