Body Found Hanging and Burning in Los Angeles' Popular Griffith Park. No Foul Play Suspected.
The body of an unidentified person was found hanging and burning in a popular Los Angeles park Tuesday afternoon.
According to the Los Angeles Times, police arrived at the scene around 1 p.m. after passersby saw a fire burning in a tree and saw a human body at the center of the flames. They alerted park rangers, who called the police.
The fire department put out the flames and found the human remains. Police determined that the person, whose race and gender have not been determined due to extensive burns, died of self-immolation. Which means they deliberately set themselves on fire.
The body was still hanging in the tree, obscured by foliage, around 2 p.m., with police waiting until the coroner arrived to bring down the body. Seven officers stood by and taped off the scene.
The tree where the body was found is a few hundred feet from the Griffith Park merry-go-round, which was closed Tuesday. A film crew was shooting nearby in the park, though it was not clear if a member of the crew alerted park rangers to the fire.
We think this sounds a little fishy. Either something wicked happened here or this person was having a serious mental health issue that prompted them to do this. As of this moment the deceased hasn't been identified but, authorities suspect that it was a local homeless person.