FORT WALTON BEACH — Passing motorists on Eglin Parkway near South Street may have noticed several Fort Walton Beach Police Department vehicles at the vacant lot where a Walmart was once planned.


Chief Robert Bage said his officers were called there about 9:30 Monday morning after someone reported a man hanging from a tree. The victim, a male in his 30s, is believed to have committed suicide, Bage said.


The incident is under investigation, though.


“There were no signs of foul play,” Bage said.


The lot is about two city blocks deep and the incident happened near the back of the lot, where it was not obviously visible to the passing public.


Bage said they have tentatively identified the victim but are still notifying next of kin.