Suffolk Police Release Statement On West Hills Death Investigation

The Suffolk County Police Department received a 911 call at approximately 7:20 a.m. on June 22 regarding an adult male hanging in the woods in Peter A. Nelson Park on Oakwood Road in West Hills. The death is being preliminary classified as a non-criminal suicide based, in part, on evidence recovered at the scene and from the decedent’s residence, including a letter left for his family in his home which describes his reasoning for his actions.  An autopsy will be performed by the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The family has requested that their identity, as well as the identity of the decedent, be withheld to protect their privacy. As a matter of policy, the Suffolk County Police Department does not normally comment on non-criminal death investigations. The department investigates approximately 100 suicides annually. However, we are aware of unfortunate rumors circulating on social media and throughout the community regarding this investigation, and believe that it is in the public’s interest to issue this statement to allay any fears and quell rumors with facts.