Source: M. Alex Johnson / NBC News
A black man was found dead hanging from a tree Monday morning in rural Greensboro, Georgia, police told NBC News.
Greensboro Police Chief Ossie Mapp said a neighbor found the body of Roosevelt Champion III, 43, behind a house on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at about 11 a.m. Champion didn’t live at that address in Greensboro, in east-central Georgia between Athens and Augusta, Mapp said.
Champion’s body was suspended by tie-down strap similar to those used to secure cargo on the roofs of vehicles, Mapp said. There were no visible wounds on his body, and his feet were scraping the ground.
Mapp said it’s too early to determine the formal cause of death, which is pending an autopsy by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which is leading the investigation.
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