ATLANTA -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said there is no evidence of foul play in the death of a man found hanging in Piedmont Park appears to be a suicide.
The man's body was found hanging from a tree in Piedmont Park early Thursday. In two incident reports, police said evidence was consistent with suicide. (Read the police reports)
The death has garnered much attention on social media, prompting Reed to issue a statement on Thursday.
In a Friday afternoon news conference, Reed said that he, along with Atlanta Police Chief George Turner, made the decision to call the FBI to handle the investigation "because we did not there to be a hint of any cover-up or impropriety regarding this matter."
Reed addressed the interest on social media, saying, "I've been following internet -- social media chatter -- and they're just saying things that are not true."
Reed also stated there was no truth to another internet rumor involving KKK involvement at Piedmont Park on Wednesday night.
"We have reviewed our video cameras, we have spoken to a number of individuals and we have not found any evidence that the KKK was in Piedmont Park distributing materials," Reed said.
Reed urged those on social media to be "honest and accurate and care about what you're putting out."
At the new conference, Atlanta Police Major Scott Kreher gave the timeline surrounding the events of the discovery of the man's death.
Kreher also stressed that there was no evidence of foul play.
"Everything evidence-wise was consistent with a suicide on the scene itself," Kreher said.
Kreher said that the man's footprint was on a garbage can at the scene, and that rope was found in the man's backpack that appeared to be similar to the rope used in the hanging.
The man's name has not been released, as the next of kin has not been identified.
The investigation is ongoing, Kreher said.