Dead Man Found Hanging By Rope Off High Rise

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 1, 2013)--A man who was found dead hanging by a rope off an 18-story high-rise in Sacramento, Calif., appears to have been a graffiti tagger, authorities said.

Fire Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja says the man appears to have died accidentally of asphyxiation after he created a harness from the rope and lowered himself down the east side of the office building.

A police department dispatch supervisor said Monday afternoon that investigators found a can of spray paint and a tool for etching glass on the part of a balcony where the ropes were anchored.

Police and fire crews responded after receiving a call at 7:44 a.m. Monday.

Rescue personnel retrieved the body shortly after 9 a.m.

The coroner's office is not releasing the man's identity pending notification of relatives.

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