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Salisbury Police Release Details on Death Investigation

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SALISBURY, Md.- Salisbury police have released details in the death investigation of a 46-year-old Georgetown man whose body was found in the area behind 2645 North Salisbury Boulevard over the weekend.

Police said that on Saturday officers found an individual who had apparently hanged himself from a tree. Detectives and a representative from the Medical Examiner's Office of the State of Maryland were called to the scene where an investigation was conducted.

The investigation revealed that the victim had attempted to commit suicide while inside his vehicle prior to hanging himself. Investigators discovered evidence at the crime scene which linked the strap used in the suicide to the victim. Relatives of the victim responded to police headquarters and informed detectives that the victim had attempted to commit suicide on at least two prior occasions, investigators said.

About 12 hours prior to responding,  Salisbury police officers were called to the same general area to investigate business alarms which were found to have been activated by the high wind gusts in the area. While checking the commercial buildings officers made contact with the sole occupant of a vehicle located in the area. The officers checked the welfare of the occupant of the vehicle and were able to determine that he was not involved in any suspicious or criminal activity. The occupant of the vehicle had informed the officers that he was homeless, and was resting inside his vehicle. It was later determined that this was the same subject of the suicide investigation, police said. 

The Salisbury Police Department said it is not its normal policy to issue press releases associated with these types of investigations so that they may allow the families to deal with the traumatic loss of a loved one due to suicide.

However, police said in this case it was necessary to address the needs of the Salisbury community after a "private individual" posted an extremely insensitive photograph of the crime scene on their social media account.

Police while the investigation remains open until the autopsy is concluded, the evidence and surrounding facts indicate that this incident is a suicide. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Salisbury Police Department at (410) 548-3165 or Crime Solvers at (410) 548-1776.

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