The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

February 1, 2012

Man hangs himself from motel balcony

HARPERSFIELD TOWNSHIP —  A 28-year-old Geneva man hung himself from a second-floor motel balcony railing just after noon Monday.

According to reports, patrons who were eating in a nearby restaurant saw the man jump off the Motel 6 balcony, 1715 S. Broadway, at the Interstate 90 interchange.

He was identified by sheriff deputies as Mathew J. Swanson.

Deputies and Northwest Ambulance District responded to the motel and observed the man hanging from the second-floor balcony’s steel railing from a bed sheet attached to his neck. Motel employees told police that the man had checked into the motel Saturday and was due to check out Monday, but had called “a short time” earlier Monday morning to say he was staying an extra day.

Once inside the room, deputies discovered two empty liquor bottles and a two-page suicide note addressed to the man’s mother.

Coroner investigators Jim Baehr and Rich Mongell responded to the scene. The death was ruled a suicide. The body was transported to the Asthabula County morgue.

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