Coroner: Man found hanging in Azusa committed suicide

AZUSA – A man discovered hanging from a tree near a riverbed earlier this week killed himself, authorities said.

An autopsy was conducted Friday on the body of the 45-year-old Arcadia man and coroner’s officials ruled the death a suicide.

Azusa police said a hiker discovered the body near the 1900 block of Azusa Avenue/San Gabriel Canyon Road at 6:43 p.m. Wednesday.

It was the second body found hanging from a tree that day.

At 4:35 a.m., a driver spotted a body of a man by mile marker 21.91 at Highway 39 in the Angeles National Forest.

Initial information from the sheriff’s department erroneously said the driver saw someone lying on the road.

Sheriff’s Lt. David Vega said the body was hanging from a tree.

The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner identified the man as a 25-year-old El Monte resident. An autopsy is pending.

The two cases are not linked, according to Coroner’s Lt. David Smith

- Ruby Gonzales

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