Death near Lincoln Memorial believed to be suicide

February 12, 2012

On Sunday, the D.C. police investigated a death in a park near the Lincoln Memorial, and officials said they think it was a suicide.

A U.S. Park Service employee found the body near a tree in a grassy area of West Potomac Park and made an emergency call just after 8 a.m. A few hours later, U.S. Park Police handed the case to the D.C. police, who investigate all deaths in the city.

A D.C. police spokesman said that the investigation is ongoing but that no foul play is suspected and that the death was probably a suicide. Police did not publicly identify the victim, who is described as an adult white male.

Crime scene tape surrounded an area by the Potomac River shoreline throughout the morning. But by noon, authorities had opened the roads in the area, and people were able to walk to and from the Lincoln Memorial unimpeded.


Crime scene tape surrounds an area in West Potomac Park near the Lincoln Memorial, where a man was found dead Sunday morning along the Potomac River shoreline. (Hamil R. Harris/Washington Post)

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Theresa Vargas is a reporter for the Post’s local enterprise team.
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