The FBI is investigating whether anti-government sentiment led to the hanging
death of a U.S. Census worker near a Kentucky cemetery. A law
enforcement official told The Associated Press the word 'fed" was scrawled on
the dead man's chest.
The body of Bill Sparkman, a 51-year-old part-time
Census field worker and teacher, was found Sept. 12 in a remote patch of the
Daniel Boone National Forest in rural southeast Kentucky. The Census has
suspended door-to-door interviews in rural Clay County, where the body was
found, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Updated 11/24: As an alert reader has pointed out, police have now ruled Sparkman's death a suicide. Investigators did note that anti-government sentiment had a part in the death, if only as being a danger perceived by Sparkman.
Now police believe that Sparkman had staged his death.
Investigators said that prior to his death Bill Sparkman had talked about suicide and also about anti-government sentiment in the rural area where he worked.
This is a tragic story no matter the cause.