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Man Who Hanged Self at Shopping Center Believed to be Transient

Officials have identified the 49-year-old who committed suicide from a rail near the Sport Chalet on Wednesday.

The 49-year-old man who hanged himself behind a store on Wednesday has been identified as David B. Epps, according to officials.

"His last known address is Laguna Hills; however, it is believed that he spent his time in an area where transients are known to stay," said O.C. Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino.

Authorities originally said the death occurred behind the nearby Costco, but witnesses and city officials said the suicide actually happened behind .

Epps was with his own belt near the rear of the  store at 27080 Alicia Parkway.

The first deputy on the scene attempted CPR, as did paramedics, but the man was declared dead, sheriff's Lt. Lloyd Downing said.

An autopsy will be performed, but Amormino said the death will most likely be ruled a suicide.

Tom Berney August 02, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Great follow up on this story Debbie, This is becoming epidemic not only because of the economy but with cutbacks in mental health and general social services, families are sometimes unable or unwilling to help loved ones and they are forced to face a hard life on the streets, some can survive and pick themselves up, others face the harsh stares of unaceppting people and physical pain and hunger, tragic indeed but we should not judge them because we don't know thier life story, And everyone has a story and it should be told.
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) August 02, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Thanks, and thanks to readers who clarified it was behind the Sports Chalet and not Costco as cops first reported.
Barbara Kimler August 02, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Rest in peace David and may God be with you. I was glad to know you and am so sorry your life ended alone and in pain..
Natalie Vescovi August 02, 2012 at 06:51 PM
After I pulled out of the Costco parking lot yesterday and turned right to get to Pacific Park, I noticed a police cruiser parked behind the Sport Chalet buildings. Then I saw a police officer checking the pulse of a man that was laying in the bushes behind the building. Then the officer attempted to give him CPR by pushing on his chest. This must be the same man. So very sad!
Mary Knab August 02, 2012 at 09:03 PM
David was a frequent guest at our "Hands of Grace" Wednesday night dinners for the homeless. Tom is correct when he says that services for the homeless, the jobless, the disabled, and the mentally ill have been stretched beyond capacity.he is also right that families that might have been a safety net in the past are no longer in a position to help. And so people ask, where are the churches? We are right here. "Hands of Grace" is an interfaith organization, supported by five local churches. We strive to fill the gaps left by the reduction in services available to the needy. We host a dinner every Wednesday night at Fsith Episcopal Church in Laguna Niguel. We operate solely on donations. I wish we had been able to see how much pain David was in. I know that we cared about him very much. Anyone wishing to send notes of condolence to David's girlfriend, Cindy, can mail them or drop them by at Faith Episcopal Church, 27802 El Lazo, Laguna Niguel, Ca 92677. David, your passing leaves a hole in our lives. I hope that you have found peace as you are enveloped in the love of your Creator.
gloria elton August 02, 2012 at 10:04 PM
You made it to heaven Dave. You will always be alive in my heart and spirit. You were a true gentleman, kind, compassionate and caring.
Dave Black - Windermere Real Estate August 03, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Such a shame - when there are so many people who are willing to help and support us when all seems lost. Rest in Peace.
Kirby Smith August 03, 2012 at 01:12 AM
I knew David and will miss him. He was compassionate and cared about those around him. I'm not sure, however, what's meant by the characterization of "transient". It's true that he didn't have a job at the time, but he was not homeless; he lived in an apartment in our community, which he shared with others when they needed a place to stay. "Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord: And let light perpetual shine upon him." Fr. Kirby Smith, Faith Episcopal Church
Eric Bergstrom August 03, 2012 at 04:47 AM
You knew him, Barbara?
cindy August 04, 2012 at 03:09 AM
HONEY I MISS YOU SO MUCH I LOST MY BESTFRIEND &MY SOULMATE AND MY ROCK I LOV U FOREVER "RIP" LOV U CINDY
Robert Perry August 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
RIP ! I am sadden to hear about any one giving up hope in life. I pray for his family. Bless the good church workers for their ministry and the services of the first responders that had to see it.. We must recommit our selves to help people that have been beat up by life. It is a hard recession. . I have to help a guy that was a Real Estate broker making $ 100,000 plus per year He can't close a escrow short sales are hard and slow. Now he is living under the radar office closed, can't get a job, over 55, lost his home cant do loan mods the state made that biz illegal. wife left him. I pray we recover soon>>> He was ready to give up. We helped him and hired him.

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