The discovery of the man was reported to 911 at 4:50 this morning, by a caller who said that “there is someone hanging from a tree.” Sheriff’s deputies, detectives and crime scene analysts converged on the scene, which was roped off. The medical examiner reported to the scene at 6:54 a.m., removing the body for an autopsy in St. Augustine. The crime scene was broken down at 8:14 a.m. It was apparent from elements at the scene that foul play was unlikely, and that the death was a suicide. His vehicle was towed from the scene by Saxon’s towing.
The short amount of time between the discovery of the man and the breakdown of the crime scene is another indicator that foul play is not suspected, and that it is a personal tragedy rather than a malicious incident.
Cracker Barrel is located next to an Econo Lodge, the motel, where the man is believed to have been staying: he was not from the Flagler-Palm Coast area, but was traveling through.
The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office on Friday identified the man who died by suicide on Thursday morning as Nicholas Joel Cosantino, 35, of 270 Dusty Road in St. Augustine.