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Body Found in Truck Apparently Result of Hanging

January 16, 2013, 4:28 PM HST (Updated January 16, 2013, 4:33 PM) · 0 Comments
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An autopsy has indicated that a man who was found dead Saturday morning in a pickup truck parked along the shoulder of Route 11 inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park died of asphyxiation by hanging, park officials said this afternoon.

A park ranger found the body of Steven L. Elliott, 43, in Elliott’s 2002 white Ford truck near the 35-mile marker, a park spokeswoman said.

While Elliott’s death may appear to be a suicide, the National Park Service is continuing its investigation of the case.

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Park officials declined to provide any further information on the matter.

Anyone who noticed anything suspicious near the scene between 10:22 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, and 9:34 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, is asked to call park dispatch at (808) 985-6170. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

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