Police Find Man’s Body Hanging From Tree in Great Kills, Staten Island

January 18, 2016 Updated: January 18, 2016
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Police say a man found hanging dead from a tree in the woods in the Staten Island borough of New York may have committed suicide.

The man, who has not been named, was in his 40s and found dead at 10:45 a.m. on Monday morning.

A police source told the Staten Island Advance that the body was found in a wooded area between Cleveland Avenue and Hillside Terrace that’s bordered by residential homes and Christ Lutheran Church.

“You could still see the body hanging with a white sheet covering him,” said a neighbor who accidentally walked into the woods where police were investigating the scene. 

“It’s a shame, whoever he is.”

AN NYPD spokeswoman confirmed that the case is being investigated as a possible suicide.

If so, it comes just two days after police were called to West Brighton for a man who investigators believe set himself on fire in a suicide attempt. He is being treated at Staten Island University Hospital and is currently in serious condition.