2017-12-27 / Front Page

Cops Probe Christmas Eve Hanging Death

By Liz Goff
Police are trying to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of an unidentified man who was found hanging from a tree at a Jackson Heights park on Christmas Eve.

Cops said passersby spotted the man at about 7 a.m. on December 24th, hanging from a tree inside Rory Staunton Field Park at 33-16 79th Street. The park is located near the I.S. 145 Joseph Pulitzer School and the Garden School in Jackson Heights.

Firefighters removed the man from the tree and an EMS crew pronounced him dead at the scene at 7:10 a.m., a fire spokesperson said.

Police did not immediately release the name of the victim, pending notification of next of kin.

Police said the city Medical Examiner’s Office would determine a cause of death.

Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD TIPS Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS or click on www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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