Authorities in California ruled that a black man who was found hanging from a tree in June died via suicide.
The LA Times also reported that the Los Angeles Medical Examiner-Coroner made the ruling.
Fuller’s body was found in a park in Palmdale, located near City Hall. Investigators previously said there are no surveillance cameras in the area or any evidence anyone was in the area at the time.
An independent autopsy carried out by Dr. Marvin Pietruszka, a pathologist who examined Fuller’s body, found no signs to indicate there was a struggle or foul play involved in Fuller’s death, Fuller’s family told the paper.
Matthew J. Miller, a deputy medical examiner with the county, meanwhile, said there was a lack of “significant trauma” to his neck or limbs. That is “coupled with the existence of evidence of prior suicidal ideation and a history of mental health issues,” he added.
Sheriff’s detectives also learned that an EBT card registered to Fuller was used on May 14 to buy the rope that was used in his death, spokesman Chris Marks told the paper.
On June 16, federal law enforcement authorities are reviewing the investigations into the deaths of two black men whose bodies were found hanging from trees in California, referring to 38-year-old Malcolm Harsch of Victorville and Fuller’s case.
On June 20, the family of Harsch confirmed to news outlets that Harsch committed suicide.