Los Angeles, CA ---
Update: Dec 5, 8 a.m.: Authorities have released the name of the suicide victim whose decapitated body was found outside a parking structure at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at 12001 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.
He was 56-year-old Mark James Hateley of Los Angeles, said Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
The headless body was discovered at around 3 p.m. Monday and that same night Culver City Police Lt. Randy Vickrey said the investigator determined the death was a suicide. He said it was apparently death by hanging.
Culver City Police have confirmed the body found at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center at 12001 Washington Blvd is male. Lt. Omar Corrales told Patch the “head was removed and is lying next to the body." A security guard first reported the body to police, according to City News Service.
Detectives are at the scene. The incident is being investigated as a possible suicide, said Lt. Ron Iizuka of CCPD.
Police cars and vans are on the north side of Washington Boulevard just west of Inglewood Avenue, according to an email from reader Mia Duncans to Culver City Patch. A crowd of reporters and onlookers has gathered on the south side of the street.
The body was reportedly at the bottom of a stairwell just inside the first floor entrance to the parking structure, according to Duncans.
Parts of Inglewood Boulevard have been shut down near the scene.
Patch will bring you more details as they become available.
- City News Service contributed to this report.