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Police: Black man found hanging from tree in Georgia

The scene near where authorities say a man was found hanging from a tree in Greensboro, Ga., Monday, May 11, 2015.

CBS Atlanta

GREENSBORO, Ga. - Officials in Georgia say there is no sign of foul play in the death of a black man who was found hanging from a tree in Greensboro, Ga. Monday morning.

Forty-three-year-old Roosevelt Champion III was found by a passerby hanging in the backyard of a home at approximately 9 a.m., officials say.

Joe Wooten, with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, says there is nothing to suggest foul play at this time but officials are still processing the scene and awaiting the results of an autopsy.

He said Champion was found hanging by an "orange ratchet strap," with his feet touching the ground and his knees slightly buckled. There were no overt wounds found on his body and his hands and feet were not bound.

Wooten said Champion, who was last reported seen at around 11:30 p.m. Sunday, was questioned in connection with a homicide investigation last week.

Greensboro is about 75 miles east of Atlanta.

Anyone with information on Champion's death is asked to contact the Greensboro Police Department at 706-453-7555.