Police have been called in to investigate a possible suicide in Echo Park this afternoon after the body of a man was found hanging from a tree near Stadium Way and Boylston Street, a block away from the Dodger Stadium Sunset Gate. Firefighters were called at 4:12 p.m. after a passerby spotted the body hanging from a branch amid a clump of trees and bushes near the road, said LAFD Capt. Richard Denning. He said the man, who was dead upon the arrival of firefighters, was suspended low enough to the ground where he might have been able to rescue himself. Police had been called in to investigate a possible suicide but the circumstances of the victim’s death remain unknown, Denning said.
*Update: Police are treating the hanging as a suicide, said Detective Kevin Stogsdill with the Northeast Division. There were no signs of foul play. The coroner will make a final determination, he said. Stogsdill said the victim appeared to be in his 30s.