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A homeless man was found hanging from Key West bridge

Monroe deputies investigated a public suicide in Key West on Thursday.
Monroe deputies investigated a public suicide in Key West on Thursday.

A Key West homeless man committed suicide by hanging himself from the Cow Key Channel Bridge early Thursday, authorities said.

He was identified Thursday evening as Mark Baugher, 52.

At 3 a.m., the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a possible suicide on the southbound side of the bridge, which connects Key West proper to Stock Island.

That’s where deputies spotted a rope tied around a metal guardrail, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt.

“No signs of foul play,” Linhardt said. “Nothing to suggest this was anything other than a suicide.”

Passersby had seen Baugher hanging.

This breaking news story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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