Black Georgia man found hanging from a tree
A 43-year-old black man was found dead and hanging from a tree behind a home in Greensboro, Georgia, WAGA-TV reported.
A witness called authorities after finding Roosevelt Champion III’s hanged body around 11 a.m. local time. Champion reportedly did not live at the home in question.
Investigators have not determined the cause of his death. According to WXIA-TV, Police Chief Ossie Mapp said that Champion was found hanging by “a type of plastic strap.”
Earlier this year, 54-year-old Otis Byrd was found dead and hanged in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Federal investigators said at the time that Byrd may have killed himself, an argument his family has disputed.
Update, 5:42 p.m. EST: Authorities said at a press conference late Tuesday afternoon that there was “nothing to suggest any foul play” was involved in Champion’s death, pending the results of Champion’s autopsy.
Agent Joe Wooten from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that Champion’s body was found with his feet touching the ground, with his knees slightly buckled. He also said that Champion was interviewed twice as part of a murder investigation last week, but was not charged. The victim in that case was identified as Carol Lewis. The cause of her death was not mentioned.
WAGA also posted a picture of Champion online, which can be seen below:
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Watch a report on the investigation, as aired on WSB-TV on Monday, below.