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.

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
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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