Police investigate after body found in pool in Brookhaven

Death in Brookhaven apartment pool ruled a suicide

A man found dead in an apartment pool in Brookhaven last week committed suicide, police said.

The man, who was discovered Friday morning at the Marquis Villas Apartment Homes on Buford Highway, died by asphyxiation, the DeKalb County Medical Examiner’s office ruled.

The man, who Brookhaven police Major Brandon Gurley said had a history of depression, was found bound to a chair in the pool with a plastic bag over his head.

His feet were duct-taped together and to the chair as was his left wrist, Gurley said. His right hand was free and his feet had enough flexibility that he could slide the chair into the pool, he added. A couple of layers of duct tape covered most of his face.

Police initially called the death suspicious, but there were no signs of a struggle, Gurley said. Some information was left by the pool indicating a suicide, he said.

The man was found by a maintenance worker at about 10 a.m. Gurley said it’s not clear how long he was in the water.

The man had formerly lived at the complex, but had since moved away, Gurley said. He still resided in Brookhaven.

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