Officials release body of hanged census worker

LONDON, Ky. (AP) - Authorities have released a census worker's
body to his family nearly a month after he was found dead with a
rope around his neck in rural eastern Kentucky.

His son tells The Associated Press investigators released the
body Monday but are still telling him little about the case. Josh
Sparkman says he's making arrangements to have the body cremated as his father requested.

A family visiting a Clay County cemetery found Bill Sparkman on
Sept. 12, a rope around his neck, his hands and feet duct-taped.
The coroner confirmed the word "fed" was scrawled on his chest.

The state medical examiner's office has established the cause of
death as asphyxiation, but police have not said it was a homicide.

Josh Sparkman said he plans a memorial service but hasn't
scheduled it.

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