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Two Dead In Separate Hangings In SCV

A man and a woman were found dead by hanging in separate incidents in the Santa Clarita Valley Monday, according to Los Angeles County Coroner spokesman Craig Harvey.

The body of Laura Ann Hildebrandt, 45, of Studio City, was found hanging in a motel room in the 17000 block of Sierra Highway in Santa Clarita about noon Monday. Harvey said the exact cause of death had not yet been determined, but that her body would most likely be examined on Thursday.

Separately, John Robert Barnes Jr., 41, of Santa Clarita, was pronounced dead in his residence in the 21000 block of Bottletree Lane at 6:14 p.m. Monday, and the death was reported to the coroner at 6:59, Harvey said.

Barnes’ body was examined Tuesday, and the cause of death was determined to be asphyxiation due to hanging, and ruled a suicide, Harvey said.


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