Cops: Bound Dead Man at LAX Killed Himself

He's found in airport bathroom with hands tied, bag over head
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2010 2:40 AM CDT
Los Angeles Police detective Gus Villanueva talks to reporters in front of a men's restroom where a body was found at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – A man found dead in a bathroom stall at Los Angeles International Airport with a bag over his head and his hands tied behind his back appears to have killed himself, police say. The man, who had a history of mental illness, seems to have placed a plastic bag over his head and then secured his hands with plastic ties so that he couldn't back out of his suicide attempt, an LAPD detective tells AP.

The 35-year-old transient appears to have been living out of a suitcase, which included a will and documents indicating that he had failed to find work. A cleaner found the body inside a stall in the secure area of the airport's Terminal 3. There was no blood nor any sign of a struggle. Investigators have turned the case over to the coroner's office to establish an official cause of death.

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