Officials say a part-time census taker died at the tree in a Kentucky forest where his body was found with a rope around his neck and the word "fed" scrawled on his chest.
Clay County Coroner Jim Trosper and state medical examiner executive director Mike Wilder on Wednesday confirmed the location of 51-year-old Bill Sparkman's death to The Associated Press.
Authorities have released little other information except that asphyxiation was the cause of death. Wilder says the investigation hasn't determined whether the manner of death was homicide, suicide or an accident.
Sparkman's naked body was found hanging from a tree yet in contact with the ground in a remote area of the Daniel Boone National Forest. The word "fed" was written on his chest, likely in pen.