September 25th, 2009


FBI Eyes Anti-Government Motive in Hanging of Ky. Census Worker

The FBI is looking into whether the death of a U.S. Census worker found hanged from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest in Kentucky is linked to anti-government sentiment.

A law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the case and requested anonymity, did not disclose what type of instrument was used to write the word on the chest of Bill Sparkman, who was supplementing his income by doing Census field work.

Sparkman was found Sept. 12 near a Kentucky cemetery in a remote patch of Daniel Boone National Forest. An autopsy report is pending.

Police said Sparkman died of asphyxiation and are trying to determine if he was murdered, committed suicide or died accidentally — but they have not yet ruled the death a homicide, reported.