AP sources: Suicide eyed in KY census worker case

WASHINGTON (AP) - Law enforcement officials say they doubt a Kentucky census worker found hanging from a tree with the word "fed" scrawled on his chest was killed because of his government job.

Instead, the officials say, investigators are increasingly exploring the possibility that 51-year-old Bill Sparkman committed suicide.

Two law enforcement officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. The officials cautioned that no conclusions have been reached in the investigation.

The strange case attracted national attention when it came to light last month, prompting worries of increased anti-government anger in the first year of Barack Obama's presidency.

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