Police officers in Annapolis, Maryland, confirmed that a 72-year-old woman was found hanging from a tree.
Authorities found the woman’s dead body on November 3 on the 600 block of Belle Drive near the Annapolis Walk Community Center.
A press release, given by the Annapolis Police Department the next day, officers provided more details, saying at approximately 7:30 a.m., they were called to the 600 block of Belle Drive for the report of “an unattended death.”
“Preliminary investigation reveals the incident does not appear to be criminal in nature,” the press release stated.
Longtime civil rights activist Carl Snowden, from Annapolis, confirmed the news on a Facebook post, which said the deceased body belonged to an African American woman.
Snowden told REVOLT that the woman was found hanging from a tree. Snowden was on the scene and was able to identify the victim’s race.
“People are waiting to see what the medical examiner determines the cause of death is, and people will respond accordingly,” he says.
Officials have not yet released the woman’s identity.
Apparently, young children on a bus headed to a local elementary school witnessed the hanging body that morning police responded.
“While walking to the bus stop this morning, some students may have witnessed a tragic scene involving the death of an adult individual,” Richard Rogers and Casey Hunt, principals of Mills-Parole Elementary and Annapolis Middle School, wrote in a letter to parents obtained by the Capital Gazette.