Police Say Park Visitor Found Burning Body Hanging From Tree

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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Authorities found a burning body hanging from a tree at a Los Angeles park Tuesday, local authorities say.

The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) announced that a burning body was found “hung from [a] tree near Griffith Park Merry Go Round” on Tuesday. The age and identity of the deceased individual is still unknown.

A park visitor walking northeast of the Griffith Observatory around 12:30 p.m. spotted the burning body, the New York Post reported, citing police. (RELATED: Family Of Five Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide)

The individual was dead by the time authorities arrived, according to NBC 4 Los Angeles. Authorities waited to remove the body from the tree until a coroner could arrive, the Los Angeles Times reported. One detective told the Los Angeles Times the body might belong to a “local transient” and that no foul play is currently suspected.  A spokesperson for the LAFD told the Los Angeles Daily News that the body belongs to a woman.

Detective Michael Ventura told ABC 7 it “appears to be self-immolation.”

“This is going to be somebody who brought some gasoline, brought some lighters. We have had, they are rare, but we do have cases where people will self-immolate. Or they choose to set themselves on fire.”