MANATEE — Residents of Centre Court Apartments on 52nd Place West in Bradenton expressed shock and sadness Sunday over an apparent suicide on community property.
The victim was discovered Sunday morning hanging by the neck from a rope tied to a low tree branch, said Dave Bristow, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
“We have ruled it a suicide,” Bristow said.
The sheriff’s office, which covered the body with a sheet during its investigation, did not disclose the name, sex or age of the adult victim because family as still being notified, Bristow said.
“This is unbelievable,” said Centre Court resident Sofiya Renee. “I’ve never seen anything like this since I have lived here.”
Resident Garry Phillipsstared at the victim from across a lake near the tree and said he didn’t know who it was but was sad for the victim’s family.“This is usually a very quiet place,” Phillips said.