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Coroner Confirms "Fed" Written On Sparkman's Chest

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An anonymous source had told the AP earlier this week that the word had been written on Sparkman's chest, setting off speculation that the Census worker had been killed in an act of anti-government sentiment. But the FBI and state police had tried to put a damper on that notion yesterday, telling reporters that the AP story contained errors, and that Sparkman was touching the ground, not hanging, when found.

Authorities have said Sparkman died of asphyxiation, but have still not officially ruled his death a homicide.