Man found dead hanging off Sacramento high-rise

Published On: Apr 02 2013 08:01:10 AM HST

A man who appears to have died accidentally from asphyxiation when he lowered himself off an 18-story building in downtown Sacramento has been identified. 

On Tuesday, the Sacramento County Coroner's Office said Craig Michael Fugate was from Vancouver. 

Authorities also believe Fugate was a graffiti tagger, a department spokeswoman said.

Fugate cause of death is currently listed as undetermined. He was 30. 

"It appears he was a tagger. ... Investigators found a can of spray paint and etching equipment," said Michele Gigante, of the Sacramento Police Department.

Sacramento Fire Department Battalion Chief Marc Bentovoja said Fugate did not appear to work for the building, and investigators are reviewing building security cameras to determine how he got in.

It's unclear how long the body had been hanging four floors from the top of the building.

"From everything we can tell, he didn't have any special rope rappelling equipment on, climbing equipment or anything like that," Bentovoja said. "He appeared to be looped into the rope."

Police and fire crews responded after receiving a call at 7:44 a.m. Monday.

Rescue personnel were seen rappelling down the side of the building to check out the situation -- and retrieved the body shortly after 9 a.m.

Bentovoja said the coroner will conduct an autopsy, and even though the man had identification on him, police are still trying to confirm his identity.

Formally named the 1201 K Tower, the building houses offices for lobbyists, public relations businesses and law firms that conduct business two blocks away, at the state Capitol.

Fugate's death comes less than three weeks after police say a 22-year-old convicted graffiti tagger fell to his death while spray-painting a freeway bridge in Sacramento. Gigante said the deaths were unrelated.


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