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Joggers And Cyclists Didn't Notice Man Hanging From Tree Near Lakefront Path

By Emma G. Gallegos in News on Nov 17, 2015 5:11PM

Near where the body was found (Google Maps)

A man who was found hanging from a tree just off Lake Shore Drive yesterday morning has been identified as a 42-year-old Edgewater man.

Police are conducting a death investigation, but they are calling the case an apparent suicide. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the man as Abdela M. Hagaito of the 6000 block of Kenmore Avenue, according to the Chicago Tribune.

A witness described an eerie scene at the bike path alongside Lake Shore Drive just south of Foster Avenue.

"Everyone was just biking and jogging. Nobody seemed to notice," Linda Ewen, a city worker, told the Tribune.

Initially she thought it was a man working out and then a prank, but when she realized what she was seeing, she called 9-1-1.

If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.