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Wednesday, May 19, 2004 - Page updated at 12:45 A.M.

Washington man's hanging death in Mississippi ruled a suicide

The Associated Press

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WOODVILLE, Miss. — A Washington state man found hanging from a tree committed suicide, Wilkinson County Coroner Travis Sharp said.

Authorities had said evidence surrounding the death of Roy Malcom Veal indicated he committed suicide, but Sharp would not release autopsy results or issue a formal ruling until he received reports from the state crime lab Monday.

Sharp said there was no evidence of drugs, alcohol or toxins in Veal's body, and the manner of death was consistent with suicide, The Natchez Democrat reported in today's editions.

"I'm basing my ruling on the autopsy report along with the evidence found by sheriff's department and the state and federal investigators," Sharp said.

Veal's body was found April 23 hanging from a tree with a pillow case on his head along a secluded dirt road near his mother's house in Donegal.

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