Yesterday morning, we reported that a badly burned Long Beach man had been discovered by firemen and paramedics on Monday night -- he was engulfed in flames next to the concrete channel that cradles the Los Angeles River.
By Tuesday afternoon, we received an e-mail from someone believing to be his East Coast relative, saying other relatives had been notified of a certain Richard McGee's suicide.
Long Beach Fire Captain Patrick Wills confirms that a driver's license bearing the name Richard McGee was indeed found in the man's pocket. However, he says that the man has not yet been officially identified by the coroner.
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After attempts to save him at the hospital, the man was pronounced dead.
Relatives added in the e-mail that McGee's parents have been searching for him for the past 10 years. They were also wondering if he has any family in California; Captain Wills is unsure of the same thing.
If you know McGee or someone who does, please contact Wills in the fire-prevention unit at (562) 570-2560.
After the suicide, 90 percent of McGee's body was covered second- and third-degree burns. Long Beach Fire Captain Richard Brandt, who was there at the scene, told City News Service Monday night: "He said he had reasons for doing it. He didn't say why, but he said he had reasons.''