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Update on Incident at 6233 Westheimer

May 1, 2006 -- An autopsy conducted by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office in the death of a man found at 6233 Westheimer about 12:50 p.m. on Saturday (Apr. 29) has ruled the case a suicide.

The victim is identified as Todd Christopher Smith, 42, of 2757 Briar Grove #409.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant J.W. Belk and Officer M.J. Miller reported:

Smith's body was found lying face down in an alleyway with a ligature in the form of an air compressor belt around his neck. Superficial cuts were discovered on both of his wrists and a 50-gallon barrel was found near a fence Smith climbed to gain access to the alleyway. He used a 26-inch long board to tighten a belt in place to strangle himself.

MES/JFC 5-1-06
NJM 4/30/06
Inc #66840806

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