Police decided a Florida man discovered useless on Jan. 25 staged his suicide to appear to be a homicide — identical to an episode of “CSI: Las Vegas.”
Alan J. Abrahamson, 71, of Palm Seaside Gardens, Fla., was mentioned to be a likeable man who lived in a $900,000 house in a small neighborhood together with his spouse, Linda, The Washington Put up reported. He had youngsters, stepchildren and step-grandchildren and didn’t seem to have any medical points.
“Alan was an avid golfer, loved touring and had a zest for all times,” his obituary acknowledged. “He wakened every morning with a smile on his face and was adored by all.”
Abrahamson’s spouse informed investigators her husband was strolling to Starbucks on Jan. 25 when he died. Safety surveillance footage from his house’s neighborhood gatehouse captured the sound of a gunshot.
Abrahamson was seen strolling with one thing in his hand, nevertheless it was not clear what it was. A canine discovered Abrahamson’s physique mendacity on the bottom, the Palm Seaside Gardens Police Division mentioned.
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When investigators arrived on the scene, few clues have been found and no weapon was discovered. Investigators mentioned Abrahamson had his cellphone and pockets, however a clip that held his cash was empty. His spouse mentioned her husband’s watch additionally gave the impression to be lacking. An post-mortem decided a hollow-point bullet was “lodged in Abrahamson’s torso.”
Police provided a $3,000 reward for any info resulting in an arrest, however police mentioned nobody contacted them. After Linda helped police unlock her husband’s cellphone, investigators caught their first break.
On Christmas day, Abrahamson obtained an e-mail from an organization relating to a climate balloon he ordered. His Google Maps historical past confirmed he went to a provide retailer in West Palm Seaside two days earlier than he died, and when detectives went to the shop and obtained a duplicate of Abrahamson’s receipt, it confirmed he purchased a helium tank.
“No person might advise…any purpose why he would have a climate balloon or helium tank,” investigators wrote within the police report.
A detective quickly seemed into the half hour between when Abrahamson was seen strolling previous the gatehouse and when the allegedly deadly gunshot was heard.
“I later walked the identical route, exiting across the guard gate after which again onto the sidewalk to the situation the place Abrahamson was positioned,” the detective wrote within the report. “It took me roughly 4 minutes three seconds at a standard strolling tempo.”
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The police report acknowledged Detective Bryan Broehm had a concept that Abrahamson “tied a gun to a string, and connected it to the climate balloon, and as soon as the shot was fired the climate balloon ascended, carrying the weapon from the scene.”
“Det. Broehm theorized that it probably was not a murder, however probably a suicide,” the report acknowledged.
Police researchers mentioned they may solely discover two cases of comparable instances together with one in New Mexico. However that try failed when the balloons obtained caught in a cactus close by the physique of a person making an attempt to pretend his homicide. The opposite occasion was in a 2003 episode of “CSI: Las Vegas.”
Police returned to the place Abrahamson was discovered and found rubber bands and knotted strings. A forensics investigator additionally discovered a blood stain on Abrahamson’s sweatshirt that “probably indicated that one thing was within the blood and dragged throughout to the highest of the shirt.”
Investigators have been quickly capable of unlock the “My Exercise” characteristic on Abrahamson’s cellphone which confirmed his net search. Most of the net searches referred to hyperlinks on suicide and helium suppliers.
A detective contacted the corporate Abrahamson obtained his climate balloon from to see how far it might journey.
“I requested [the owner] how far a 600-gram balloon can journey,” the detective wrote. “He suggested me he launched a balloon on Monday in Huntsville, Ala., and 18 hours later it burst within the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of New Jersey.”
Detectives closed the case and dominated it a suicide in March. The police division launched its ultimate report this week. A motive for his suicide was not instantly clear.