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Black man found hanging from tree in rural part of Georgia

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Authorities in rural Georgia are investigating the death of a black man found hanging in a tree Monday. Authorities in rural Georgia are investigating the death of a black man found hanging in a tree Monday.
Authorities in rural Georgia are investigating the death of a black man found hanging in a tree Monday. Authorities in rural Georgia are investigating the death of a black man found hanging in a tree Monday.
Authorities in rural Georgia are investigating the death of a black man found hanging in a tree Monday. Authorities in rural Georgia are investigating the death of a black man found hanging in a tree Monday.

By Dana Ford

(CNN) -- Authorities in rural Georgia are investigating the death of a black man found hanging in a tree Monday.

While "nothing overt" points to foul play, authorities have not yet ruled it out, said Joe Wooten, special agent in charge with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

The man found hanging, identified as Roosevelt Champion, 43, was interviewed recently in connection with the death of a woman named Carol Lewis.

It's unclear what, if any, ties he had to her, and Wooten declined to speculate on whether there could be a connection between their deaths.

Champion's body was found hanging by a passerby in Greensboro, which is about 80 miles east of Atlanta. His feet were touching the ground, and his knees were slightly buckled, Wooten said. There was nothing to suggest an immediate struggle.

When asked to discuss the context of a black man being found hanging in the South, Wooten said that he understands there's a lot of concern about the case.

"We're going to be as transparent as we can," he said. "There's no other way to be."

In March, an African-American man was found hanging from a tree in Mississippi with bedsheets around his neck attached to a limb about 15 feet high.

Claiborne County Sheriff Marvin Lucas identified that man as Otis Byrd.

"It could take a week, it could take two weeks, it could take months," Lucas said about determining what happened to Byrd.

CNN's Greg Botelho, Ed Lavandera and Jason Morris contributed to this report.

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