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Body found hanging from tree at Citrus Heights park

Citrus Heights police officers could be seen at Madera Park, following an apparent suicide Friday morning. A Sacramento County Coroner’s van can be seen in the background. // CH Sentinel

Sentinel staff report–
The Citrus Heights Police Department and the Sacramento County Coroner’s Office were dispatched Friday morning to Madera Park after a body was found hanging from a tree.

Lt. Jason Baldwin told The Sentinel that a call was received around 7:10 a.m. Friday, with responding officers locating a deceased male in the neighborhood park.

Baldwin said it appeared the approximately 40-year-old man committed suicide. An investigation is still ongoing, but police have found no signs of “any foul play involved.”

The identity of the man is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

“We’re stunned by this turn of events,” the lieutenant said. “We would encourage people who are having thoughts of suicide to contact a suicide hotline or to contact our (9-1-1) dispatch, who are trained to help people in crisis.”

Baldwin said dispatchers can also facilitate contact with the area’s chaplaincy team, if requested.

Anyone considering suicide is urged to reach out for help. A local Suicide Prevention Hotline, operated by WellSpace Health, can be reached at (916) 368-3111. The group says its hotline is also available for those concerned about friends or loved ones who may be suicidal.

According to various suicide prevention resources, warning indicators of suicide can include talking about feeling hopeless, having no reason to live, and other behavior or mood signs.

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