(CNN)The FBI and California Attorney General’s Office will now be monitoring the investigation of a man found hanging from a tree in Palmdale, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said at a press conference Monday.

Robert L. Fuller, 24, was hanging from a tree early Wednesday. Fire department personnel who responded to the scene determined he was dead, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. Fuller’s death was described as “an alleged death by suicide.”Robert L. Fuller Robert L. Fuller Robert L. Fuller Despite the death being consistent with suicide, officials “felt it prudent to roll that back and continue to look deeper,” said Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner Dr. Jonathan Lucas.”Hangings in public, suicides, do occur with some regularity,” Lucas said. The signs seemed to point in the direction of suicide, but the cause and manner of death were never officially determined as officials await further investigation and toxicology reports. An autopsy was completed last Friday.Nothing but the rope, the contents of Fuller’s pockets and a backpack he was wearing were found on the scene, according to Los Angeles County Homicide Capt. Kent Wegener.Read MoreInvestigators are researching Fuller’s medical history, looking for the witness who reported the hanging and searching for contacts in Arizona and Nevada. They will also analyze Fuller’s cell phone and are looking for neighborhood surveillance video.Authorities will be interviewing Fuller’s case worker at the Department of Public Social Services as well as anyone who may have had contact with Fuller.Man also found hanging from tree in San Bernardino The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is also investigating a hanging that took place prior to Fuller’s case. Dispatchers received a call from a woman May 31 at 7:07 a.m. saying her boyfriend, Malcolm Harsch, 38, hanged himself, according to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The release said Harsch was found at a homeless encampment. Investigators did not find any evidence of foul play. An autopsy was conducted on June 12 and there is still no signs of foul play, the release said. The forensic pathologist is waiting for toxicology results before assigning the cause and manner of death.Sheriff Villanueva in Los Angeles County said his department intends to have conversations with officials in San Bernardino County.

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