A black man found hanging from a tree in rural Georgia killed himself, according to the results of a forensic autopsy released by authorities Tuesday.
The body of Roosevelt Champion III, 43, was discovered Monday by a neighbor in the town of Greensboro, police said. Champion had recently been questioned about the death of a white woman, and his death triggered speculation of foul play.
But a forensic autopsy concluded that the manner of death was suicide and the cause of death was hanging, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.
“After a thorough autopsy examination, there was no evidence of any inflicted trauma to Champion’s body,” the agency said.