Woman’s Burning Body Found Hanging from a Tree in Griffith Park

The LAPD said the woman—“Jane Doe 100”—likely died by suicide, but have fewer answers about the corpse found there last month

UPDATE: MONDAY, AUGUST 22 — The Los Angeles County Coroner has confirmed that the previously unidentified human body found in some underbrush in Griffith Park on July 23 was a black female.

AUGUST 10, 2022 — A burning body was found hanging from a tree in Griffith Park Tuesday a few hundred feet from the merry-go-round. The passerby who first came upon the body at around 12:30 in the afternoon called for park rangers, who in turn called the police. Firefighters extinguished the flames and declared the person at dead at the scene.

“It appears to be self-immolation,” LAPD detective Michael Ventura told ABC7. “This is going to be somebody who brought some gasoline, brought some lighters. We have had… they are rare, but we do have cases where people will self-immolate.”

A representative for the Los Angeles Police Department told LAMag that investigators “definitely found no found play” and ruled the matter a suicide, saying the case was closed.

The L.A. coroner’s office confirmed that the death was reported as a suicide but given that an examination is pending, there currently is no cause of death. The body belonged to a female who has only been identified as Jane Doe 100.

Another body was found in Griffith Park on July 23, the Los Angeles Times reported. That body was discovered in some underbrush and has not been identified and the case is also closed.

The LAPD said that the deaths are unconnected.

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